Im sure my fellow Northeasterners remember the massive blackout in 03. Fortunately there was no chaos, death, destruction and old fashion panic. Of course that was a time when the economy wasnt in the basement either.Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.
During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.
In the most recently analyzed data available, utilities reported 36 such outages in 2006 alone.
U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing - CNN.com
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