Local grid less vulnerable, official says

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Central Kentucky isn't as vulnerable to blackouts because the electrical grid system feeding the area is sturdier and less crowded, the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board's electric superintendent said today.

Still, said Rodney Simpson of the plant board, more blackouts like the one that left large sections of the Northeast powerless Thursday could happen. With more demand for electric on the same number of power lines, systems can get overloaded, Simpson said.

"I don't know what the remedy is going to be unless something happens to allow for more transmission lines," said Simpson.

The good news is Frankfort may not be as susceptible to power outages as its northern neighbors. Simpson explained the country's electric system is connected by five or six grid systems, which deliver power throughout the United States.

The Frankfort Plant Board purchases its power from Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E).

"Our grid system is more robust and less loaded," said Simpson.

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