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Green Blog: Counting the Power Failures

Green Blog: Counting the Power Failures

Reuters Workers in Falls Church, Va., tried to free power lines downed in Friday night’s storms. As my colleague John Schwartz reports in The Times , Friday night’s storms left millions of people in sweaty darkness. Just how much electric load was unplugged? About as much as it would take to serve the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Dayton, Ohio, according to an informal calculation by P.J.M., the regional grid operator. (The letters used to stand for Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland, but the organization now manages the moment-to-moment supply of electricity for 60 million people in all or part of 13 states plus the District of Columbia.) Paula DuPont-Kidd, a PJM spokeswoman, said that local losses of power had reduced demand by 5,000 to 6,000 megawatts. That’s about as much as the output of 10 full-size coal plants. On Saturday, she said, peak demand had been expected t...

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