FSU Takes Part in Updating Nation's Power Grid

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Florida State University's Center for Advanced Power Systems is hosting a two-day workshop to discuss President Bush's energy policy act signed by Congress in 2005.

The new law deals with the nation's electric transmission and distribution system. The workshop will focus on ways to improve the county's power grid.

"The focus of the meeting we're having in conjunction with FSU is to develop a five year plan to really establish a vision for technological research to update the grid," says Kevin Kolevar with the U.S. Department of Energy.

"The grid has not been expanded as much as it has been in the past. The demands being placed in the grid are greater than they should be. The grid has not kept pace with those increases in demands," says David Nevius with the North American Electric Reliability Council.

In 2003 a series of occurrences managed to take down most of the northeast power grid for a minimum of 24 hours.