The power outage in India grew yesterday to become the world’s most massive grid failure, ever. Networks serving 680 million people collapsed. So what determines whether or not a power grid works or fails? Could what happened in India happen to us, here in the United States?
John McDonald is an expert on power grids worldwide, and their future. He’s the Director of Technology Strategy and Policy Development at GE Digital Energy and a fellow with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.