One of my most popular posts on this blog – especially in times of widespread severe weather – is a list of power outage maps that are available for utility companies across the nation and across the world.
There's a lot of talk about a "smart grid", and how improvements in technology will lead to more reliable power and other innovations in energy delivery. But the truth of the matter is that sometimes the power does go out, and it's not always obvious why it did or when the systems will be back online.
To support a continuing interest in this field, I'm looking at starting up a new blog to capture news articles, collect new maps and applications as they appear, and generally keep up with the world of smart grid mapping efforts. Look for this on a new Power Outage Mapping weblog.