August 14, 2004

AS WE COME UP ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of last year’s blackout, security is still a problem:

A YEAR after the biggest power blackout in North American history, Canada and the U.S. still haven’t beefed-up overall security of the electricity supply, a new report reveals. The report, prepared by Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy and released yesterday, updates progress on efforts to prevent another blackout crisis in the future.

Here’s a link to the full report. Naturally, this led me to think of The Knowledge Problem, and sure enough they’ve got posts here (with lots more links) and here (noting that network reliability is a differentiated product). And it’s worth reading this column from Lynne Kiesling. And read this column on hardening systems against disaster, natural or man-made.

I never did get around to buying a generator, though.

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