More than 72,000 New Yorkers were left in the dark when a mechanical failure caused an outage in Midtown Manhattan Saturday evening.
While power was restored within hours, this is the latest in a long string of blackouts that have impacted New York City. And unless upgrades can be made to our energy grid, there are likely to be more outages ahead.
About 80 percent of New York’s energy grid was built before 1980, and little has been done to upgrade or replace the current infrastructure to better accommodate newer technology and greater power demand. Outages in Manhattan can become more frequent in the future unless proper upgrades are made in the near future.
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