I think the main question is why are the hospitals and emergency response assets not on dedicated lines that would be exempt from black outs of this type. Including the fire houses,jail and law enforcement sites. This would also be faster repairing in a hurricane or other emergency event. Restoring power to these would have priority and be quickly up and running to allow the treatment of injuries from these type events.
Back up generators only keep critical systems up not the entire hospital so a lot of things would not work that would be needed in a real emergency situation.
This should be looked into to see what the costs would be to install a dedicated storm-proof power supply to these assets. Most are not that far apart and should be able to be carried on one or two lines if a back up line was deemed needed
Interesting article. The question that comes to mind is how many people remember when companies such as CPL (and now AEP) were forced to deregulate and the cost of electricity was going to be cheaper. I was paying .08 cents a Kw..and these days it gets to .14 cents a Kw...and that's better than paying CPL around .16 when the deregulation started. Why was the old CPL(AEP) forced to sell off all their generators? Back in Dec 2009 we had a very cold month for almost 30 days and we never had to go through this rotating..WHAT IS GOING ON?