Blackouts


California Energy: One Grid Under Too Many Assumptions

, Western States Energy Manager and Senior Analyst

California’s energy grid is essentially a very complicated group project. But much like a group project in school, California is much more likely to meet its goal of a reliable, decarbonized energy grid if everyone actually participates and collaborates. Read more >

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When Animals Cause Blackouts: Squirrels, Raccoons, and the Fragility of Our Power System

, Senior energy analyst

Animals and our electricity interact a lot more than you may realize. Our little furry friends may just be telling us that there are better ways to do things, including in the power sector. Read more >

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Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and the Growing Risks of Storm Surge and Blackouts

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Superstorm Sandy was a big wake-up call for the Northeast when it made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, on October 29, 2012. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and property, Sandy caused billions of dollars of damages and left more than 8 million people in 21 states without power. On the third anniversary of Sandy, a new UCS analysis looks at what steps have been taken to make our electricity grid less vulnerable and more resilient to power outages from storm surge and coastal flooding on the East and Gulf Coasts. The answer? Some, but not enough. Read more >

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