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A decade after historic blackout, N.J. utilities focus on strengthening the system Source: The Star-Ledger

It was 4:10 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2003, when the warning bells, whistles and alarms inside the Public Service Electric & Gas control center in Newark sounded. The 9,500 megawatts of electricity that powers New Jersey’s largest utility at any given moment dropped in seconds to half that, instantly cutting the lights to 1 million customers.

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