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New England Faces Higher Blackout Risk With Harsh Weather

  • Combination of cold snaps, fuel disruptions threaten grid
  • Operator says region is ready for a mild but not severe winter
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New England could face blackouts this winter if severe cold snaps and fuel supply disruptions strike at the same time, warns the region’s grid operator.

Although power plants and the transmission system in the area are well prepared for a mild winter, colder-than-average weather could threaten electricity supplies -- particularly if it happens when supplies of oil and liquefied natural gas have been disrupted, according to ISO New England Inc., which runs the region’s power grid.