The 2003 blackout:truth and lobbying

Now that the media “Where were you when the lights went out?” pertaining to the black-out in north-eastern U.S. and Canada  10 years ago is over, we can take a look at what really happened (it wasn’t an Ontario event) and then be able to look at the comments being made by the current Ontario government and lobbyists in context.
Here from energy analyst and blogger Scott Luft, a posting from Cold Air.

Satellite photo from NOAA

NOAA image of blackout in the Northeastern USA taken Aug. 14, 2003, at 9:03 p.m. EDT.



Nice observations, but the US report on the blackout was fairly unequivocal that the root was not supply/demand mismatches but the complexity of the grid interconnects transcending the ability of the utilities to manage a cascading failure. Plus the usual management failures and poor maintenance. I fear we will discover that when push comes to shove the ‘Smart Grid’ will not be that smart. The problem with technologists, myself not excluded, is that every problem tends to look like a nail to their hammer.

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