rolling blackouts

South African Utility Resorts to 'Load Shedding' Amid Power Emergency; Could it Happen Here?

February 5, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Energencies and Reliability

Daily power outages in South Africa, which is the second-biggest economy on the African continent, in order to prevent total blackouts – or to use a euphemism like ‘routine power cuts’ – have been relatively commonplace in the past, but the current energy crisis is the worst stretch since 2008.[read more]


How the PJM Power Grid in the US Skirted Very Close to Blackouts During January's Polar Vortexes

March 3, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

PJM Power Grid Stress


The eastern portion of the PJM power grid in the U.S. narrowly avoided rolling blackouts during the period of January's 'polar vortexes'. Several steps are needed to reduce the risks, including those dealing with the shift to natural gas-fired generators.[read more]

Japan close to restarting reactors

June 1, 2012 by Dan Yurman

The country's economy has taken a beating in terms of exports and the cost of importing fossil fuels cannot be sustained much longerJapan PM Yoshihiko NodaJapan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda got some wind in his sails in efforts to restart the nation's shut down nuclear reactors this week. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a high profile...[read more]

Record-Setting Power Consumption In Texas -- ERCOT Narrowly Avoids Rolling Blackouts

August 14, 2011 by Michael Giberson
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Much in the news in Texas these past few weeks have been new peak power records and several grid emergency conditions which saw the ERCOT power system narrowly avoid rolling blackout a time or two. Tom Fowler of the Houston Chronicle‘s Fuel Fix blog has been tracking the story closely, see selected links below. Rebecca Smith provided a...[read more]