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Lawmakers Probe August 14th Blackout

The operator of New York's power grid and the chair of Governor Pataki's Public Service Commission agree that there should be mandatory standards set to ensure that the nation's power supply flows reliably. The two testified at an Assembly hearing that examined energy issues in the wake of the August 14th blackout. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Canada Looks for Permanent Power Solutions

After the recent power outage, some residents in Ontario, Canada were asked to cut their use of electricity in half. Some hoped the experience would convince people to change their behavior permanently. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, environmentalists are arguing for a more permanent approach to energy efficiency.  Go to full article

Pataki Defends Power Industry Deregulation

Governor Pataki defended his deregulation of the power industry in
New York, saying it has worked well. He says the problems that caused the massive power failure on August 14th had nothing to do with the electric systems in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Insider Concerns about New York's Power Grid

Concerns over the adequacy of New York's electric transmission grids were well known within the state's power industry well before last Thursday's black out, but few outside...  Go to full article

Blackout Draws Closer Scrutiny of Power Industry Deregulation

Last week's massive power failure has brought closer scrutiny to the deregulation of the power industry in New York. Critics say there is not enough oversight of the selling...  Go to full article

Debate Continues over Power Plant Site Law

Last week's blackout has drawn attention to the fact that New York State has no law in place to build new power plants. The power plant site law expired last December, and...  Go to full article

Life Slowly Returns to Normal in Ontario

It'll be anything but business as usual as Ontario struggles to return to work following last week's massive blackout. Millions of Ontarians had an unexpected day off...  Go to full article

State's Aged Power System Among Nation's Worst

While there are many questions on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and...  Go to full article

Pataki: "Snow Day" for State Workers in NYC

It's a "snow day" in August for state workers in New York City. That's what Governor Pataki says at a news conference this morning at in Albany. Pataki says power has been...  Go to full article

Power Failure Inconveniences Region, No Major Incidents

Thursday's power failure caused inconvenience and alarm across much of the North Country, but there seems to have been little in the way of serious damage or injury. Brian...  Go to full article

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