August 15, 2003- Posted at: 6:05 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, Ark.--How would region 8 deal with a blackout?
The lights are slowly coming back on in the Northeast after 50 million people were left in the dark due to a power grid failure. Region 8 is up and running at full power, with no outages to report, but could it happen here?
The short answer is yes, we could go black in region 8, but it's more complicated than that.
We are part of the national power grid system and Ron Bowen, manager of Jonesboro's City Water and Light, says with such a dependence on the system, a blackout is always a possibility. Bowen adds,
But should the lights go out in Jonesboro, CWL is the largest public utility in Arkansas and in better shape than most to get back on line, with two new combustion turbines and black start capability.