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Energy Dept. Will Take Control of Blackout Investigation

The Department of Energy has agreed to lead a sweeping investigation to determine precisely how a huge swath of the nation’s electrical system collapsed last week, draining power from tens of thousands of miles of high-voltage electrical lines, leaving millions in the dark and inflicting widespread damage on local economies from Detroit to New York. Energy Department officials said that the investigation would employ hundreds of experts from federal agencies, national laboratories and the organizations that control the flow of electricity on the nation’s power grid, and would take responsibility for discovering an answer outside an industry organization that had been leading the initial inquiry. “The electric transmission grid is quite possibly the most vital piece of infrastructure which we have,” said the secretary of energy, Spencer Abraham, in Washington yesterday afternoon. “We owe ourselves an explanation of this incident and an assurance that steps will be taken to address the cause.” Full Story

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