Detroit power failure raises alarms across US
from USA Today
The power failure that plunged Detroit's schools, fire stations, traffic signals and public buildings into darkness reflects a larger problem of aging electrical infrastructure around the country that has worried experts for years. The chaos of unexpected power loss is all too familiar for people who work in downtown Detroit. But the problem is not isolated to one city. A series of federal and private studies raise alarm bells about the power distribution system nationally, saying it is plagued by aging equipment with high failure rates, obsolete system structures and outdated engineering.
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