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http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000526/ts/utilities_richardson_1.html

No mention of Super Conductor technology, but highlights the need!

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U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said on Friday he was concerned about the possibility of power blackouts in some parts of the country this summer.

``These are areas that are especially vulnerable because of inadequate transmission, inadequate capacity, and we're worried, so we have had a number of emergency drills,' he said.

``We're working with state and local entities to make sure that if there are some blackouts that we're ready,' Richardson said. ``But we are concerned because our electricity grid is very old, it's antiquated; and as more people use cell phones and faxes and technologies and computers, there's more strain on the system,' he added.

We have a bill in Congress to make sure that the utility industry is more competitive, so we need that to pass because we have these problems of capacity and transmission. We also need to be more energy-efficient as a country,' Richardson said.


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