Strengthening the Grid, Ten Years Later

10:27 minutes

Ten years ago this week, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada, affecting some 55 million people. IEEE Spectrum journalist Bill Sweet describes the causes of the outage and how the electrical grid has changed since the 2003 failure.

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William Sweet

William Sweet is managing editor of the IEEE Smart Grid newsletter, and editor and lead contributor of IEEE Spectrum magazine’s EnergyWise newsletter and blog in New York, New York.

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.