This superpower fueled by electricity system in need of more power

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003

The electricity blackout in the Northeast provides strong indication the world's greatest superpower is powered by an electrical system that needs serious attention. It might not be deserving of the ''Third World'' status given it by New Mexico's governor, but on the heels of the worst blackout in U.S. history, to view this power shut down as just an anomaly is equally irresponsible. ...

Unless the system is upgraded and standards assured, further blackouts-possibly even more widespread or longer in duration-are entirely likely if not predictable.

Yet there's not a lot of agreement in terms of what specifically must be done to achieve the objective of a more reliable electricity delivery system.

... Revamping the delivery system to accommodate today's demands for electricity, and to deliver that energy efficiently and reliably, will require considerable changes in infrastructure, management, regional coordination and-woe be to the consumer-potentially higher rates to pay for a project expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $56 billion. ...

Some people will see this level of investment as an overreaction to a rare occurrence. Those folks might think differently if they spent a little more time in the dark.

Texarkana (Ark.) Gazette

Aug. 19



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