Poor reliability standards faulted for power outage

The worst electric power blackout in US history, which occurred in the US northeast on Aug. 14, 2003, was caused by operator error, line maintenance issues, and the lack of reactive power in the FirstEnergy region, said the US-Canada Power System Outage Task Force Apr. 5 in its final report (OGJ Online, Aug. 22, 2003).The blackout affected oil and natural gas operations from upstream to downstream. Also, with the US relying more on natural gas to fuel its electric power plants, the task force's report will aid energy planners in assuring the uninterrupted flow of gas for new and existing power plants. The task force recommended adoption of a single national entity to develop and enfo...

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