22 Dec '14, 2pm

The Detroit Power Outage: A Lesson for Cities about Microgrids

The Detroit Power Outage: A Lesson for Cities about Microgrids

Firefighters were forced to rescue people trapped in stalled elevators. Schools shut down at lunch time. The Detroit Free Press had harsh words for city leadership. How would microgrids help? First let’s look at why Detroit’s power system failed so badly. The power outage was triggered by a cable failure that took down an already weak system. Unfortunately, blackouts are not a new problem in Detroit. USA Today said blackouts occurred there in 2010, 2011 and 2013. CNN said the power has gone out during several sporting events. McKinsey and Company received funding in 2010 to study the city’s grid. They recommended $250 million of upgrades, according to Detroit Free Press . Detroit’s municipal electric system is like a long string of old Christmas lights, tweeted SNL Energy reporter Amy Poszywak after the outage occurred. It’s important to note that Detroit isn’t the only U....

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