Electric Power Supply and Regulation

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Reliability of Electric Power Supply

The Power Blackout that plunged New York State, A most of New England, small sections of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a large part of the Canadian Province of Ontario into darkness in the late afternoon of November 9 dramatized urban North America's total dependence on centrally generated electric energy. The power failure, occurring during the peak evening rush hour, left 30 million persons literally in the dark. More than 600,000 were stranded for hours in New York City's subway trains or in elevators of its towering office buildings.

This massive “outage,” finally traced to failure to make an overdue adjustment at a substation on the Ontario side of the Niagara River, raised serious doubts about the reliability of the nation's ...

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