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August 16, 2003

Early Kudos to Gent

So far, in all the madness surround the blame game that is about to pick up steam in the wake of the Great Blackout of 2003, there is one calm, informed and rational head. It belongs to Michehl R. Gent, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Council.

So far, I haven't heard him fudge or fake. He has suggested that there is some human error in this cascading failure and also that there are very complex rules of engagement which are negotiated between generators and transmitters of power. I expect to find that there was some laxness in following these rules and that stupid and/or lazy people are to blame, not equipment.

This failure was preventable. From what I can see, the Ohio grid didn't disengage when it should have. Gent promises to get to the bottom of it, and I believe he will.

Here is what he sounds like.

Posted by mbowen at August 16, 2003 05:28 PM

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