Summer Blackout: What Went Wrong?

The U.S. Department of Energy next week releases the results of its investigation into the August blackout that darkened much of the northeastern and Midwestern United States. While the report could identify a technical failure, analysts say there are too many demands on the energy grid from too many companies trading electricity and not enough industry standards. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.