POWER: Electrocuting Con Edison

Will the utility see the light?

The Federal Power Commission verbally electrocuted Con Edison last week for its failure to prevent the New York blackout of July 13 and to get the lights back on again quickly. In an interim report on the causes of the blackout, ordered by President Carter, the FPC accused Con Ed of "inability to provide reliable service." There were "obvious flaws" in the utility's system to begin with, said the agency. "The design of the transmission network and the protective devices designed to protect the system were inadequate." Then, said the FPC, when lightning...

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