As regional and local electric grids become
increasingly unreliable, many areas of the country are experiencing
an unprecedented number of power outages. As a result, consumers are
taking proactive measures and investing in backup power systems.
In the summer of 2003, the U.S. experienced the largest blackout in
the history of the country. In a matter of seconds over 50 million people
in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario were without
power. Although terrorists' actions were ruled out in this case, there
continues to be serious concern that the electricity grid is vulnerable
to sabotage. Since 2003 there have been multiple-day power outages in the D.C. metro area. In addition to the weather related events there is an increasing risk that electric grid equipment overload and cyber attacks could result in major power outages.