Blackout Puts Energy on Congress' Radar

Nation's Worst Blackout Puts Energy Issues Back on Congress' Radar Screen.

Published: 18-Aug-2003

The nation's worst blackout is putting energy especially upgrading high-voltage transmission lines back on Congress' radar. But resolving the problem could be difficult and expensive.

Regional conflicts, the controversy of electricity industry deregulation and concern about a power struggle between state regulators and those in Washington are among the issues that could sidetrack whatever might be needed to insulate the power system from future blackouts.

When Congress returns from its summer recess next month, it is expected to embrace actions that will require utilities to comply with tougher reliability standards, and faced sanctions if they do not.

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