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Submission + - European power grid a "house of cards"?

OffTheLip writes: Several western European countries were in the dark after a power outage attributed to higher energy consumption due to cold weather. "We weren't very far from a European blackout," according to a senior executive with French power company RTE.
  As winter approaches and power requirements continue to grow will the current infrastructure be able to support the demands? While this outage was brief and no injuries were reported how long can a modern society pin it's hopes on such a system? It could be argued the power system worked as expected, shutting off some customers to prevent a total blackout but offers little comfort to those without.

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