power outages

How to Finance Resilient Power: Emerging Models Post-Sandy

November 4, 2014 by Lewis Milford

It's been two years since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. It knocked out electric grids and left millions of people to suffer for weeks without power in public housing, senior centers, hospitals and shelters. But with respect to power outages, there is some good news that came out of the disaster.[read more]

The Coming Revolution in Utility Contact Centers

May 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Common industry consensus holds that Smart Grid technologies and policies will enable utilities to deploy new products and services in the pursuit of safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. Utility operations will become easier, such as identifying outage locations using smart meters.[read more]

Funding Mechanism Needed to Improve Grid Resilience

August 25, 2013 by James Greenberger

It is not enough to identify and quantify the problem of power outages. It is also not enough to design a strategy to decrease the frequency and duration of those outages. The federal government needs to come up with a plan to pay for that strategy.[read more]

DC Power Microgrids: Self-Sufficiency for Utility Customers

June 6, 2013 by Steven Collier

Customers foot the bill for grid outages anyway, both theirs and their utility’s. Why not invest some of that money on some measure of self-sufficiency?[read more]


Q&A Series: Geomagnetic Disturbances and Power Outages Part V

February 28, 2013 by Andrew Lawless

On January 15, 2013, I presented a webcast on Energy Central titled, “Geomagnetic Disturbances and their Impacts on Power Transformers”. You can view the presentation here. The presentation generated many questions from the audience that I did not have time to address. This blog post addresses a few of those questions. This is the fifth...[read more]

Q&A Series: Geomagnetic Disturbances & Power Outages

February 6, 2013 by Andrew Lawless

On January 15, 2013, I presented a webcast titled, “Geomagnetic Disturbances and their Impacts on Power Transformers”. The presentation generated many questions from the audience that I did not have time to address. I especially want to respond to those questions pertaining to energy security, solar storms, geomagnetically induced currents, and energy risk.[read more]

India: Forget The Centralized Grid, Community Power Is Here

August 23, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Just days after the historic blackout reminded us that centralized coal is the problem, not the solution to India’s energy woes, a new era of entrepreneurs marked the beginning of a truly revolutionary effort to deliver energy access.The landmark deal that marked their arrival was lost amidst the coverage of the blackout and the...[read more]

India’s Outages: What Can We Learn?

August 10, 2012 by Gerry Runte

India’s recent national outages on July 30 and 31 have received a great deal of attention in the press.  Nearly 800 million people were without power and India suffered hits to its economy and its global reputation as a result.  Years from now some definitive report will outline the details, but enough is known now to glean...[read more]

India’s electrical system produces largest power blackout ever

August 1, 2012 by Michael Giberson

Perhaps counter-intuitively, India’s largest electrical blackout in history shows how much it has grown. Such a widespread outage means the Indian electrical system has grown large and has become thoroughly interconnected.[read more]

What If We Measured Utilities on Uptime Instead of Downtime?

July 24, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

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Utilities traditionally focused on engineering the electric grid for reliability, and have well established metrics and benchmarks to gauge their performance to reliability objectives.  But today’s grid also has serious vulnerabilities highlighted in recent widespread and lengthy power outages caused by downed power lines. ...[read more]

Rethinking the Meaning of “System Reliability”

July 17, 2012 by John Cooper


“Despite continuing efforts to make the electric power system robust, some risk remains of widespread and extended power outages due to extreme weather or acts of terrorism. One way to alleviate the most serious effects of a prolonged blackout is to find local means to secure the continued provision of critical social services upon which...[read more]

Price gouging worries in the aftermath of Mid-Atlantic thunderstorms, power outages

July 10, 2012 by Michael Giberson

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The thunderstorms that tore up the Mid-Atlantic at the end of June left many thousands of people without power, sometimes for several days, during some unusually hot early summer weather. Among other things, the aftermath has been filled with price gouging complaints directed at hotels, gasoline stations, and retailers selling ice (...[read more]


Electrical Reliability Demand Can Drive Storage Market

July 5, 2012 by James Greenberger

Millions of consumers have been fuming and sweating without power for the past week. Now is the time to talk about making the push to develop market-ready distributed power storage solutions..[read more]


Our Outdated Electrical Grid: An Intolerable Situation

July 3, 2012 by John Cooper

We should not seek to spend more and more money to make a grid designed in 1890 fit our power needs in 2012. The solution to utility outages and the disruption that follows lies in a new paradigm modeled on invulnerability: outage nullification, rather than outage recovery.[read more]