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Wednesday, November 12, 2003


New York Times on the Energy Department's blackout report

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Department of Energy's report on the August 14 blackout will be released November 18. Ohio utility First Energy's slow response to the initial transmission line failures is blamed for starting the cascade of failures, according to leaks from the group of American and Canadian industry experts that are preparing the report.

The Times article also looks at some of the competing forces that may shape the follow up actions; the nations's many utilities as well as over fifty state and federal agencies all have differing points of view on how much federal oversight they want. We heard an industry briefing on the current energy bill that Congress is trying to craft now -- it's turning into a gigantic patchwork quilt of new rules that may collapse of its own weight before it can ever get out of Congress. The bill attempts to address anything to do with "energy", from hydroelectric dams to electric power to drilling for oil in Alaska. Many observers think Congress would have been better off breaking it into multiple separate, more focused bills.


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