Experts Warned of Weak Power Grid. Scientists and engineers have been predicting since well before Sept. 11 that an aging grid riddled with threadbare links and plagued by chronic shortages was headed for trouble. Little has been done, and sure enough, they were right.
“We're trying to build a 21st-century electric marketplace on top of a 20th-century electric grid,” said Ellen Vancko, a spokeswoman for the North American Electric Reliability Council. “No significant additions have been made to the grid in 20 years of bulk electric transmission, yet we've had significant increases in the amount of generation.”