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Events several hours before Aug. 14 blackout 'may be relevant' to outage, task force says

Sat, 13 Sep 2003 14:10:03 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Voltage shifts, line problems and power plant shutdowns were observed "well before" midday and across several states on the day of the nation's worst blackout, a government task force said Friday.



Transcripts of phone calls show confusion in Ohio utility control center hour before blackout

Thu, 04 Sep 2003 11:10:01 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) - During the hour before the nation's worst blackout, engineers in the control center of an Ohio utility struggled to figure out why transmission lines were failing and complained that a computer breakdown was making it difficult, transcripts of telephone communications released Wednesday show.



FirstEnergy had previous outages blamed on outdated equipment, overgrown trees

Mon, 25 Aug 2003 05:31:23 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) - Before it came under international scrutiny for its role in last week's blackout, beleaguered utility FirstEnergy had staggered through a storm of recent technical glitches.



No quick fix in sight for the grid

Thu, 21 Aug 2003 08:53:35 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's worst blackout is prompting demands to upgrade the country's power grid, but regional conflicts and fear about electricity deregulation could prevent quick action on improving an antiquated and fragile transmission system.



Colorado power grid could use improvements and money

Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:42:18 GMT

DENVER - Colorado was spared during Thursday's giant blackout across the Midwest and Northeast because the state is on a separate power grid, and while Xcel Energy says Colorado's power grid is a good one, it also says it's at capacity and strained.



Passengers still advised to check with airline before heading to DIA

Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:39:27 GMT

DENVER - A number flights from Denver to the northeast part of the country and Canada were canceled Friday morning. Travel on the East Coast was more seriously disrupted. complete coverage



Colorado takes precautionary steps during Northeast power outages

Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:35:08 GMT

DENVER - Emergency officials in Colorado put precautionary plans in action Thursday, minutes after a major power outage that affected millions of people on the East Coast, in the Midwest and in Canada.



Bush favors delay in FERC proposal on power grid management

Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:33:17 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration supports a three-year delay in a controversial proposal that its supporters claim would make it easier to run the nation's electrical system, the president's top energy adviser said Sunday.



After the blackout, a lot of spoiled food and lingering questions about cause

Mon, 18 Aug 2003 10:52:33 GMT

The probe into what triggered an eight-state, two-nation blackout that left 50 million people in the dark zeroed in on an area just south of Cleveland, where a leading investigator said three transmission lines failed just before the massive outage.



No problems reported as New Yorkers go back to work

Mon, 18 Aug 2003 04:14:13 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) - So far, so good in New York City. Officials say the morning commute has been going as planned as millions of people return to work for the first time since the blackout. COMPLETE COVERAGE