The Associated Press is running a story that says the blackout problems started with a failure in Lansing MI.

It’s possible. Whatever happened, it’s clear that the grid is hopelessly outdated, mostly due to restrictions imposed by NIMBY, and by Liberal Democrats playing Luddite-ism disguised as Environmentalism. The message of this blackout is very clear; reduce these BS restrictions placed on power companies, or more of the same will happen. I’ve not decided what to write on for next week’s BIT, but this is running at the top of the short list so far.