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Report on Blackout Is Said to Describe Failure to React

A report on the Aug. 14 blackout identifies specific lapses by various parties, including FirstEnergy’s failure to react properly to the loss of a transmission line, people who have seen drafts of it say. A working group of experts from eight states and Canada will meet in private on Wednesday to evaluate the report, people involved in the investigation said Tuesday. The report, which the Energy Department plans to release on Nov. 18, is expected to lay out the root causes of the event, with a separate report proposing solutions to come later. The report, drafted by an aide at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will probably leave for later the question of why the blackout stopped where it did, participants in the investigation said. Investigators have established a chronology of events that day, collecting data from hundreds of digital fault recorders, electronic devices that track when power lines or generators take themselves out of service. Full Story

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