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News stories tagged with "blackout"

"Smart Grid" designed to prevent major blackouts

Remember that huge blackout in the summer of 2003? 45 million people in the Midwest and Northeast US, as well as 10 million in Canada, lost power. Government and utilities are spending billions of dollars on what's called a "Smart Grid," in part, so we don't have more large scale blackouts. But there's a lot more to the emerging system. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Reduced During Blackout

A new study indicates that air pollution dropped significantly the day after last year's power blackout in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Sparks Fly at Assembly Hearing Over Secret Meeting

An Assembly hearing on energy issues generated sparks when the head of a group representing New York's utilities sparred with the Assembly Energy Chair over a secret meeting held between utility company executives and Governor Pataki's top staff. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Will Wait On Response To Blackout

Last week, the New York State Assembly opened hearings into the blackout that darkened much of New York and Ontario Aug. 14. Assembly members heard from the head of the Public Service Commission, which oversees regulation of the state power grid, and the Independent System Operation, which runs it. Both men said the system responded well under the circumstances, but that improvements in the big regional grid are needed to make sure it doesn't happen again.
State Senator James Wright of Watertown is chairman of the senate energy committee. The Senate is not planning its own hearings into the blackout. He told Martha Foley the massive power failure was an international event, and the Senate will wait to hear results of the US and Canadian governments' coordinated investigation.  Go to full article

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

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 Friday, and many will be off again today as stores, businesses and industry try to operate on half power. Martha Foley talks with Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly.  Go to full article

Power Grid Groans Under Heat Wave Load

New York's power supply is expected to break a new record peak level today as the hot weather saps energy from the power grid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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