Broadway Blackout

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Midtown Manhattan was cast into darkness for five hours Saturday night as the power grid experienced a failure that knocked out electrical transmissions to tens of thousands of customers. Power was restored that same evening, and no fatalities or serious mishaps resulted, but the event is worrisome. ConEd says that the blackout was not caused by heavy demand—but if a blackout happens with normal demand, what will happen later this week, when temperatures are expected to soar?

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Built: New York City’s physical infrastructure is ancient and prone to periodic collapse. Read more.

  2. Energy: Governor Cuomo’s ban on gas pipelines and his closure of the Indian Point power plant have made New York City’s energy foundation much less robust. Read more.

  3. Grid: The plan to replace New York’s current energy mix with renewable sources is based on wishful thinking and physical impossibilities. Read more.

“Our infrastructure is fragile — and our emergency response is inadequate.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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