Kind of interesting stuff coming out about the North East Blackout. I thought I would post this just for those who want to follow some the revelations.
I am sure that when Congress gets going, folks on both sides will want to see if they can turn this into a partisan issue.
Back to work for me.
posted on 10/02/2003 11:01:16 AM PDT
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posted on 10/02/2003 11:02:13 AM PDT
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To: Robert357; snopercod; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Dog Gone
I thought others might enjoy this IEEE report on the North East Blackout. Read the entire article it is kind of interesting to see the politics beginning to surface already.
I am sure both "R's" and "D's" will be trying to hold hearings and propose legislation to correct problems caused by the "other party."
Back to work for me.
posted on 10/02/2003 11:04:39 AM PDT
It's pretty clear that we need some better oversight in this area. It does indeed sound as if one bad apple ruined the whole barrel.
posted on 10/02/2003 11:26:08 AM PDT
by Dog Gone
Meanwhile, as growth in demand for electricity has outstripped additions to transmission capacity by a factor of two, the grid itself has come to be ever more thinly stretched.
I'm not an expert, but it seems to me that this is the problem and everything else is just symptoms.
To: Robert357; meyer
I thought this was a really
poor article by the IEEE. They accuse FirstEnergy of negligence, but provide no evidence whatsoever to back up that claim. They failed to notify the world when one of their plants tripped? They had a crappy alarm system?
Also, the article completely failed to mention the stunning loss in district court (a few days prior to the blackout) on the "New Source Review" issue. FirstEnergy is either going to have to shut down many of their older coal-fired plants, spend billions on upgrading them, pay huge fines, or all of the above.
This could well have been the reason for the bond downgrade, but wasn't even mentioned.
The only purpose of this self-serving article was to say "We told you so". But in the minds of many, poor research and inuendo seem to be adequate substitutes for facts and insight these days.
posted on 10/02/2003 3:59:00 PM PDT
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