08 Jul '12, 2am

@jwbg Also here is an article about the U.S. grid:

@jwbg Also here is an article about the U.S. grid:

Illustration: Emily Cooper Click on the image for a larger view. Sources: The Electric Power Monthly, U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration; "Transmission Availability Data System Automatic Outage Metrics and Data," North American Electric Reliability Corp.; "Powering Progress: Restructuring, Competition, and R&D in the U.S. Electric Utility Industry," Paroma Sanyal and Linda Cohen, The Energy Journal The U.S. electrical grid has been plagued by ever more and ever worse blackouts over the past 15 years. In an average year, outages total 92 minutes per year in the Midwest and 214 minutes in the Northeast. Japan, by contrast, averages only 4 minutes of interrupted service each year. (The outage data excludes interruptions caused by extraordinary events such as fires or extreme weather.) I analyzed two sets of data, one from the U.S. Department of Ener...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/policy/us-electrical-grid...

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