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Could the Blackout of 2003 Happen Again?

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Could the Blackout of 2003 Happen Again? Ten years ago an exhausted power system shorted in Summit County. That had a domino effect, eventually putting 50 million people in the United States and Canada out of power for up to four days. Toilets stopped flushing, food spoiled, and candlelit card games lost their magic. Since then, the power grid has come a long way. But could a massive, widespread power outage like that happen again?


Community/Human Interest, Energy


Mark Durbin, spokesman with FirstEnergy
Alex Margevicius, Interim Commissioner of the Regional Water Utility
John Funk, Plain Dealer Reporter
Frank Merat, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CWRU

Additional Information

On 10th anniversary of 2003 blackout, FirstEnergy’s upgrades help reduce risk of similar power outage
The blackout, 10 years later: Could it happen again?
10 Years After the Great Blackout, the Grid Is Stronger — but Vulnerable to Extreme Weather

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