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Tuesday, September 30, 2003


Power utilities: Now Europe is suffering nationwide blackouts

First, it was the power crisis in California. Easterners smugly snickered as they watched the country's richest, supposedly most technologically advanced state slide into electricity chaos in 2000. Then they had a taste of the same problems, first suffering a massive blackout, then a few weeks later, a prolonged blackout in may areas due to Hurricane Isabel.

Now it's Europe's turn:

"Europe isn’t immune to power woes: Italy, Scandinavia, London blackouts bring problems to light

Until a month ago many Europeans assumed their more systematic approach to electricity liberalization ruled out the kind of large-scale power cuts that the U.S. and Canada suffered in August. But the blacking-out of most of Italy on Sunday, coming after lesser power interruptions in Scandinavia and London, has shown this to be self-delusion."



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