A Decade After Massive Blackout Power Grid Is Improved But Vulnerable

August 15, 2013

A new White House report finds the nation’s electricity power grid is highly vulnerable to blackouts because of increasingly severe weather conditions. But the report also finds grid operators have vastly improved the ability to track and limit widespread outages. A decade ago an outage erupted in Ohio and cascaded from the East Coast through Michigan and into Ontario. Obama Administration officials say the power grid still has enough excess capacity to handle that kind of outage. WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter talked about it with the official overseeing the electric power grid’s management – U-S Assistant Energy Secretary Patricia Hoffman…