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The Grid and the Village: Losing Electricity, Finding Community, Surviving Disaster

Stephen Doheny-Farina


This book focuses on electric grids and tells the stories about two villages separated by time, connected by proximity, and united by the challenges of maintaining a community under duress. The story of one village presents an insider's view of a natural disaster, describing the destruction of the electric grid in January 1998 and the emergence of a community that filled the resulting void. It begins with moments in the lives of people in the village of Potsdam, New York and expands to cover the breadth of the disaster. The book concludes with a timeline of events that traces the disaster from ... More

Keywords: ice storm, power outage, transmission towers, transformers, power grid, breaking point, power dam, electric grid, transmission lines, grid failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300089776
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300089776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Doheny-Farina, author