Power Outage

The Leonard Lopate Show

The 2003 Blackout and the Power Grid Today

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ten years ago yesterday, a widespread power outage plunged New York City and parts of the northeast and upper Midwest and Canada into darkness that lasted, in many places, two days. Jay Apt, professor and director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, looks back at what caused the 2003 blackout and what changes have been made to bolster the power grid since then.

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The Takeaway

Power Grid Wobbles as Outages Sweep Mid-Atlantic

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A recent spat of severe storms and a daunting heat wave have rolled through the mid-Atlantic region, leaving roughly two million people without power and no hope of getting restored until the end of the week. The North American power grid system has been called the greatest scientific achievement of the 20th century, but is at risk of becoming an antique unless upgrades are made.

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Preparing for a Hot Summer through Energy Conservation

Monday, June 18, 2012

New York State's energy grid is in very good shape heading into the summer, according to the New York Independent System Operator, which manages the transmission lines.  And, two energy conservation programs are playing an important role keeping the system stable. 



Thousands in CT, NJ Remain Without Power After Storm

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Five days after the October snowstorm, more than 420,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity in Connecticut and tens of thousands in New Jersey are still in the dark.