Nearly 27 million people in the US were affected by 3,526 blackouts lasting an average of 81 minutes per power outage in 2017, according to a new report.
Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report showed that while California topped the list of states with the most interruptions for the ninth consecutive year, “power failures impacted individuals and businesses in all 50 states”.
Mike DeCamp, senior marketing communications manager for Eaton’s power quality division said the report “shows the scope and severity of power outages across the country, leading to widespread damage and significant consequences for businesses”.
“With the number of people affected by pervasive electrical power outages, surges and spikes continuing to rise each year, it’s more critical than ever to develop a disaster recovery plan with reliable power protection to avoid detrimental downtime,” DeCamp said.
Eaton said the report is based on a full year of reported power outages across the US and is organised into three sections: an introduction to power outages and the impact of downtime, an overview of national power outage data, and power outage data by state.
The full report is online.