A Brief History
On July 30 and 31, 2012, Northern and Eastern India suffered massive electrical blackouts leaving 400 million people without electricity on July 30th and an even more incredible 620 million people without juice, but luckily only for about a day.
The previous blackout record, as measured by number of people denied use of electricity, had been 230 million people, again in India, in 2001.
While the scope of the outage in these cases is immense, the length of time people are denied electric power most affects them. In the summer of 2022, part of Ohio went several days without air conditioning, fans, electric stoves, and microwaves, but more maddeningly without television and computer use! The value of food ruined in non-working refrigerators and freezers was massive.
As horrible as a summer without power can be, a blackout during a cold winter is certainly worse, especially in an “all-electric” house with electric heating and cooking.
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For more information, please see…
Positivity, Sue. Blackout Prevention: Notebook for Electricians and Electrical Engineers – Apprentices, Journeymen and Retired Electricians/Pensioners. Independently published, 2019.
Pry, Peter. Blackout Warfare: Attacking The U.S. Electric Power Grid A Revolution In Military Affairs. Independently published, 2021.
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