Although the blackouts
of 1965 and 1977 were unique in many ways, they also reveal problems that
remain with us today. Despite our "high tech" economy good old-fashioned
power failures are still with us, and appear to be an increasing likelihood
due to rising electricity consumption and delayed utility investments
in generating capacity. This page provides some links to recent blackouts
that made the news.
wave eases; New York, other cities plagued by blackouts
York police reported a only handful of attempted store break-ins and
nine arrests -- a sharp difference from the 1977 blackout that affected
the whole city and led to widespread looting . . ."
CNN Interactive, 7/7/99
Lack Power, Mostly on Lower East Side
said he would continue to seek compensation from Con Ed for police overtime
accrued during the blackout, which he put at least $1.5 million. He
added that the cost to businesses and residents from lost goods or commerce
was easily several times that, and he urged people to take up the utility's
offers of compensation. Con Ed has offered reimbursement for lost perishables,
up to $100 for residents and $2,000 for businesses. But the Mayor, offering
free legal advice, encouraged residents not to sign anything."
New York Times, 7/9/99
From the Blackout
in northern Manhattan and power shortages in New Jersey provided timely
reminders that the New York metropolitan region's power supply is not
inexhaustible. On the contrary, a robust economy, combined with the
increasingly widespread use of computers, fax machines and other high-tech
devices, has created an appetite for electricity that could someday
exceed the region's capacity to generate it. One answer is to build
more power plants and transmission capacity. But that should be only
one element in a broader strategy that seeks as well to conserve energy
and exploit newer, more efficient technologies."
editorial, New York Times, 7/13/99
campaign aims to prevent summer blackouts
of Austin Energy and other utilities expect the statewide power shortage
to disappear after the Legislature decides how to structure the deregulation
of electricity production and distribution . . ."
Storm damage tallied
a year after the great ice storm slammed Quebec, Ontario and parts of
the Maritimes, Statistics Canada has produced a storm of numbers on
precisely what went down. More than 1,000 power transmission towers
and 30,000 wooden utility poles, for starters. Close to 1.4 million
people in Quebec and 230,000 in Ontario without electricity. In many
municipalities, power not fully restored for at least a week. Approximately
100,000 people taking refuge in shelters. More than 2.6 million people,
19 per cent of Canada's labour force, had difficulty getting to work
or couldn't get to work at all."
CANOE CNews, 12/15/98
Storm 1998 Resources
Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is providing this information
to assist the residents of Jefferson County and Northern New York deal
with the ice storm that arrived on Thursday, January 8, 1998 . . .
. . .
2. Preparing Food During a Power Failure . . .
4. What to Do During a Power Failure in the Home . . .
9. Helping Pets Adapt to Cold Weather and Power Outage . . ."
Extension of Jefferson County, 1/29/98
I learned during Ice Storm '98
that when you have no power that it is so peaceful and quiet - no tv
- no Nintendo - no nothing - it's alot easier to live I think except
you have no hot water."
from student Bryant Pond of Maine (10 yrs. old)
Stories from the Ice Storm
of '98, 4/13/98
power failure hits San Francisco area
power outage hit greater San Francisco and parts of the Peninsula Tuesday
morning, causing scattershot problems for Internet Web operators and
in foggy San Francisco
cars sits on Market Street in San Francisco after a power failure stopped
the cars mid-route. Trains, planes and cars were halted."
Mercury Center, 12/8/98