More Interdependence

June 3, 2008

last Tuesday the lights went out, not for everyone but in some areas of the county.

It seems that a seemingly innocuous set of events sent shock waves through the UK’snational power supply system. A string of unrelated events came together to cause national grid, the operator of the electricity transmission grid, to issue it’s highest warning. This looks to be caused by two main power stations going offline in quick succession. These then caused a cascade effect rippling though the UK making power voltages sang and amp reduce. The grid then responded by asking generators to produce more power to make up for this shortfall – which they did.

A seemingly unprecedented sequence of events or  the norm of interdependency?

Thanks

Paul

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