Reason Blackout Resource Center

We have updated Reason’s electricity pages to include a Reason blackout resource center. Transmission-related information will be provided here, updated regularly. One very valuable resource available on our site is Ken Silverstein’s column on the blackout. Ken is a very incisive observer of electricity policy, and he correctly points out that The wires business must … More Reason Blackout Resource CenterMore Reason Blackout Resource Center

Grid Reliability And Robustness

A quick break … this commentary on electricity grid vulnerability from November 2001 is still, or even more, relevant today, even though my focus in this commentary was terrorism. A teaser: While the Sept. 11 attacks disrupted communications and business operations on a massive scale, many businesses recovered their data quickly, and telecommunications companies restored … More Grid Reliability And RobustnessMore Grid Reliability And Robustness

Go To For More Electric Grid Reliability Information

I am completely snowed under with interviews and have not yet been able to compose my thoughts beyond the soundbites. In the interim, please visit Reason’s website for links to our electricity work, including this commentary on network reliability in California. … More Go To For More Electric Grid Reliability Information

Power Outage News Roundup

A good overall story from Reuters, and one from the New York Times. A Bloomberg Energy article pointing to the fact that the power outage meant that five refineries in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario have gone offline, so gasoline prices may be affected. But lots of gas stations are closed because their pumps run on … More Power Outage News RoundupMore Power Outage News Roundup

This Power Outage Did Not Come Out Of The Blue

The grid has been the subject of underinvestment for the past decade, and lots of industry folks, industry analysts, and government officials have put their heads together to think about how to make the grid more robust for the 21st century. This Washington Post article puts it nicely: The country’s halting moves toward electricity deregulation … More This Power Outage Did Not Come Out Of The BlueMore This Power Outage Did Not Come Out Of The Blue

Power Outage Media Frenzy

I got bumped from Greta; between Governor Pataki and the fact that the New York phone lines were fading in and out. Today it’s lots of radio interviews, and I’ll post some about what could cause such a thing, While I’m doing radio and trying to get a little sleep, Glenn has some further links, … More Power Outage Media FrenzyMore Power Outage Media Frenzy