Let’s not get smug about India’s massive power outage

Over 600 million were without power in India on their second day of stunningly huge outages. Worse, no one knows what caused this, the biggest blackout in history.

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed the new crisis on states taking more than their allotted share of electricity, and other officials said grid faults were likely to blame, but didn’t know where they were or how many may have occurred.

The grid in the US is old, inadequate, and badly needs upgrading, especially since we are transitioning to renewable energy. There have been some nasty blackouts recently in the mid-Atlantic states, New York, and New England. People in Connecticut were without power for over a week last October after a freak storm hit.

We need to upgrade our grid before truly massive blackouts happen here too.