Posts by Chris Owens

Cyberattacks Strike Ukraine Power Grid

Digging deep into a double cyberattack on the Ukraine electricity network and asking whether it’s a sign of things to...

Johannesburg Electricity Company Crippled By Cyberattack

Ransomware attack on Johannesburg electricity supplier disrupts power to thousands of South Africans.  

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Biggest Blackouts In History: London 2003

Faulty fuse brings rush-hour chaos to London in a blackout that brought the famous underground tube network grinding to a...

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Is The UK Prepared For A Widescale Power Cut? Rating The Risk

What plans are in place to prevent incidents that have the potential to cause significant disruption across the country? And...

landscape of west-side Manhattan, New York City, during July 2019 blackout

“City That Never Sleeps” Falls Into Darkness As Power Cut Hits New York

Broadway musicals fell silent following a New York City blackout that left much of Manhattan without power.

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The Carrington Event And Space Weather – Could It Happen Again Today?

Could a solar storm cause a catastrophic collapse of our power grid? We look back to the Carrington Event of...

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What Are The Odds? 9 Things Less Likely To Happen Than A Nationwide Power Cut

It’s never happened before and it’s unlikely to ever happen. But are the odds of the UK’s electricity network experiencing...

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Black Start – Restarting The Grid From Scratch

Everything you need to know about ‘Black Start’, the process for rebooting the entire UK power grid following a complete...

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How Would We Cope In A UK-Wide Blackout?

How would you cope in a world without power? Let’s explore the catastrophic consequences a nationwide blackout could cause.

Power Cut Plunges 50 Million South Americans Into Darkness

An “unprecedented” power cut left virtually all of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay without electricity.