Establishing Public Policy as a Primary Cause of Engineering Failure : Did Market Deregulation Lead to the North American ‘ Blackout ’ , August 14 th 2003 ?


On the 14th August 2003, a complex combination of latent problems and catalytic events led to a dominoeffect in which 50 million people suffered some interruption to their power supplies. Losses have been estimated between $5-10 billion. It is, therefore, one of the most wide reaching and serious ‘blackouts’ in a national power distribution network. The… (More)


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