Software bug linked to blackout

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Software bug linked to blackout

A programming error has been identified as the cause of alarm failures that might have contributed to the scope of last summer’s Northeast blackout, industry officials said Thursday. Ralph DiNicola, spokesman for FirstEnergy, said the utility has since applied fixes developed by the system’s vendor, General Electric, and has accelerated plans to replace GE’s system with a system from French nuclear engineers Areva SA.

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