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keePingcurre energy Busted Play W Calls for a smarter electrical grid regenerated after gridiron gaffe While the nFL continues to lick its wounds this latest high-profile blackout, search and development, security systems and look for answers following the Super coupled with the recent prolonged out- and standardization of equipment to allow Bowl blackout in new Orleans last month, ages in new york and new Jersey caused defective parts to quickly be swapped out. the embarrassing outage has renewed calls by Hurricane Sandy, has displayed to the for the nation to invest in its electricity world how vulnerable the united States much as $476 billion over the next 20 infrastructure. can be. “the grid has all these parts where years, according to a 2011 study by the accidents can occur, and many accidents electric Power research institute. right $70 billion a year,” said richard caperton, have the potential to create widespread now, however, money is being used in an energy expert at the center for Ameri- problems,” said Susan tierney, co-author some areas of the country for repairing old can Progress. “Anything that draws atten- of a national research council report electrical lines instead of being invested in tion to that problem and helps motivate detailing the flaws in how the country gets new technologies.7 people to deal with it is helpful.” its power. “Power outages cost our country over 1 4 even before these recent electri- A national smart grid could cost as “there is [sic] a lot of uncertainty, a lot of stakeholders and some major concerns cal fumbles, the nation’s electrical about return on investment,” said Mas- infrastructure wasn’t putting a lot of sound Amin, a university of Minnesota points on the board. the American professor and an expert on the national Society of civil engineers graded electric grid. “Filling potholes and putting the country’s energy infrastructure money into education is seen as a better a D+ in a report card released three investment than electric.”8 years ago. Furthermore, the united REFERENCES States’ “quality of electricity supply” 1. Catherine Hollander and Niraj Chokshi, “Super Bowl Blackout Could Energize a Debate on Power Grid,” National Journal, Feb. 4, 2013, www.nationaljournal.com/ domesticpolicy/super-bowl-blackout-could-energize-adebate-on-power-grid-20130204. 2. Associated Press, “Super Bowl Outage Traced to Fault in Device Intended to Prevent Problems,” Feb. 8, 2013, www.ctvnews.ca/sports/super-bowl-outagetraced-to-fault-in-device-intended-to-prevent-problems-1.1148598#. 3. Ibid. 4. Andrew Rafferty, “Not Just a Super Bowl Problem: Blackouts Show Need for Smart Grid, Experts Say,” NBC News, Feb. 8, 2013, http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_ news/2013/02/05/16843222-not-just-a-super-bowlproblem-blackouts-show-need-for-smart-grid-expertssay?lite. 5. Hollander, “Super Bowl Blackout Could Energize a Debate on Power Grid,” see reference 1. 6. Rafferty, “Not Just a Super Bowl Problem: Blackouts Show Need for Smart Grid, Experts Say,” see reference 3. 7. Ibid. 8. Ibid. is ranked 33rd globally by the World About half of the Superdome in new Orleans went dark early in the second half of the championship game between the economic Forum’s 2012-13 global competitiveness report.5 in its own report, the national research Baltimore ravens and the San Francisco council report also warned of a coordi- 49ers on Feb. 3. An electrical device called nated attack on the electric grid that could a relay had been installed expressly to pre- devastate the economy. the FBi has inves- vent a power outage, but it actually caused tigated the Super Bowl outage and ruled the blackout, the local electrical utility said. out cyberterrorism as a cause. the device itself was not at fault, but the “Almost every aspect of our economy is problem came in the way the relay was touched by electricity, from banking to hos- used.2 pitals to world markets,” tierney said. “the “i’m pleased that we were able to find worst case scenario could be devastating.”6 the root cause,” said Doug thornton, an So what’s holding up upgrading and executive with SMg, the company that creating a smarter grid? Some say an un- manages the Superdome for the state of willingness to invest by both the public and Louisiana.3 private sectors. Funds are needed for re- 12 QP • www.qualityprogress.com BIBLIOGRAPHY Honan, Edith, “Power Problems Came Up During Super Bowl Rehearsals,” Reuters, Feb. 5, 2013, www.reuters.com/ article/2013/02/06/us-nfl-superbowl-lightsidusbre91300u20130206. http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/super-bowl-blackout-could-energize-adebate-on-power-grid-20130204 http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/super-bowl-outagetraced-to-fault-in-device-intended-to-prevent-problems-1.1148598# http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/05/16843222-not-just-a-super-bowlproblem-blackouts-show-need-for-smart-grid-expertssay?lite http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-nfl-superbowl-lightsidusbre91300u20130206 http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - March 2013

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
The Right Ingredients
Before the Fact
Apples to Oranges?
Five at the Forefront
Innovation Imperative
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
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