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Energy Secretary: U.S. Power Grid Still Vulnerable

The U.S. power grid is in better shape than before last August’s massive blackout but remains vulnerable this summer, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said on Tuesday. U.S. power supplies should be adequate to meet peak demand this summer, according to a recent report from the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), the nation’s industry-funded grid watchdog. But Abraham said there still could be problems this summer if owners of the nation’s 160,000 miles of high-voltage grid neglect suggested improvements from NERC and others. He also said, though, that many upgrades have been made since the blackout last August that left 50 million people in the dark. “We also know that if somebody is not operating their system the right way there could be problems,” Abraham told reporters at a news briefing. Full Story

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