Some Technical References

For you techies out there, here’s a paper by Duncan Watts on cascading failures from the Santa Fe Institute [ironically, I was reading this paper for my own general edification early last week!].

And a knowledgeable reader, Eric Krieg, sends this link to a paper on high-phase power. Eric says

Basically, you can pump more juice through a 6 phase power transmission line corridor than you can through a 3 phase one. In a world where you can’t build new power corridors, it’s a pretty slick solution.

To my knowledge, New York State Electric and Gas is the only power company in the country to use this technlogy, although you can see from the references that the idea is not new.