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2007 Outage News
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) compiles reports
on outages. Click to go to their web site for a list of outages sorted by year.
The following is a list of news summaries of major power outages and related
stories as reported in the media for this time period. The most recent are listed
- Storm coats Midwest in ice
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A wintry storm
caked the center of the nation with a thick layer of ice yesterday,
blacking out more than half a million homes and businesses, and more icy
weather was on the way. A state of emergency was declared for the
entire state of Oklahoma. Utilities there said about 400,000
customers were blacked out as power lines snapped under the weight of
ice and falling tree branches. Utilities in Missouri said more
than 100,000 homes and businesses had no power there. There also
were outages in southern Illinois and Kansas. Ice was as much as
an inch thick in parts of Missouri. One utility said it will
probably be a week to 10 days to get power back on to everybody.
At the beginning of the storm on Sunday and Monday there were 1.2
million customers without electricity.
AP as reported in The Washington Times and by
Reuters, Wed Dec 12, 2007.
- D.C. region seen as prone to
The Washington area was designated one of
two locations in the country most prone to power outages because of
inadequate electric-transmission facilities in an action yesterday by
the Department of Energy. Energy Secretary Bodman said studies have
shown the Baltimore-Washington area by 2011 is likely to experience
power disruptions like those that plagued California in 2001 because
demand is growing much faster than grid capacity. He is also
concerned about the safety and security of a strained power grid at a
time when terrorists in Iraq and other countries have been targeting
power lines. "We cannot ignore the threat of terrorism that
our country continues to face. Improving the physical security of
our grid is a very significant challenge," he said.
The Washington Times, Fri Apr 27, 2007.
- Tropical forecast is
DENVER - This year's first predictions
for the hurricane season, issued Tuesday by a research team in Colorado,
are identical to the "very active" outlook for 2006 that most
forecasters got very wrong. This time, however, tropical storm
prognosticators say the El Niņo climate pattern that blunted last
season is gone. In its place, says veteran hurricane scientist
William Gray, are conditions much more conducive to a busy 2007.
"Everybody busted last year," says Gray, whose Tropical
Meteorology Project at Colorado State University forecasts 17 tropical
storms this year, nine of them hurricanes and five of those of
"major" force -- category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or
more. They are predicting a 74% chance that at least one major
hurricane will hit somewhere on the US coast.
USA Today, Wed Apr 4, 2007.