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Almost, if not, all of the power companies in the United States do have a contingency plan to combat and prevent their systems from going down. It's going to be a lot harder than what people think for something like this to happen. It will not be very difficult for someone to detect a cyber attack on the power grid. When and if it is detected. Signals will be sent out to the other power companies on the affected part of the grid to sever their connection to the effected area. Thus limiting the size of the affected area and the number of customers that were effected. Doing this will disrupt electricity to some areas but a continuous flow of electricity will be available to those areas where the power companies have disconnected from the grid in time.
Take the 2003 Blackout that affected New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit and left millions in the dark for hours. The only reason that this blackout was so large in scale was due to what part of the grid the problem occurred. That all started due to a computer malfunction at a plant belonging to First Energy Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. Within a few seconds of the problem occurring, Detroit Edison in Detroit and Con-Ed in New York City did not disconnect from the grid as quick as say American Electric or Consolidated Edison in Chicago did. There are protocols that the various power companies have in place to combat this.
reply to post by NoRulesAllowed
You obviously don't wear a tin-foil hat. And don't think that when there's a fire drill that they actually set the building on fire ...... Sadly, some ATSers are more gullible.