The Causes of the Great NC Christmas Blackouts: Adversarial Processes Produce Better Outcomes

On Friday, December 23, many people in the state lost power because of high winds. But on Christmas Eve– the morning of Saturday, December, 24– the state’s citizenry was subjected to rolling blackouts for the first time in history in the midst of a record demand for electricity. The weather […]

Update on our Christmas Present: “Rolling” Power Outages in NC

A significant development was announced yesterday with regard to the power outages during severe, frigid weather this past weekend. The N.C. Utilities Commission will hold a hearing on Tuesday during which Duke Energy is being asked to answer questions about this situation. An article at BusinessNC.com discusses this hearing and […]

Our Christmas Present: Rolling Blackouts Amid Frigid Temps

At one point early Saturday morning, the wind-chill factor in the Piedmont Triad reached approximately -13o F. Yet, some of us were experiencing electrical blackouts. There were high winds; but we were told that at least some of the outages were deliberately instituted “rolling” blackouts because the electrical grid was […]