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Fossil Fuel Supply Shortages Behind India's Largest Power Blackout Ever

Fossil Fuel Supply Shortages Behind India's Largest Power Blackout Ever

Following Monday's massive electric grid failure across northern India , and full restoration some 15 hours later, the nation has again been hit by huge power outages, double in size to those just passed. Huffington Post reports that three regional power grids have failed, covering 20 of 28 states, leaving 620 million people without electricity—of course, that's in addition to the hundreds of millions of poor Indians without access to electricity as matter of course. It's the largest electric grid failure in the world. Four hours after beginning, power was restored in the northeast part of the nation, with the 45% of the northern grid, and 35% of the eastern grid restored. The obvious question in all this is how can such a large failure happen. The specific causes are still unknown, one major factor is simple supply and demand, with demand far outstripping supply. On that,...

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