Well, it looks like Italy had a very dark night last night as the Italian power grid completely failed, plunging the entire country into darkness.
And guess who’s to blame for this?
Electrical power to almost the entire country of Italy failed early Sunday, a problem blamed on lines that deliver power from France damaged by a storm.
First reports of the blackout came at about 3:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT). Officials told CNN the entire country of some 57 million people — with the exception of the island of Sardinia — lost power at some point.
Both of the lines importing electricity from France failed at the same time, something officials called an "extraordinary event." Italy imports most of its power from France and Switzerland.
Yes, the French have fouled up again. Then again, the French power system is actually one of the most efficient in the world – as 70% of French electricity is based on nuclear power plants – meaning that France has enough electricity to power not only themselves but Italy as well. While there are a very few number of things that the French do right, in this case power generation is one of them.
Like the blackout in the United States, a single point of failure was the main transmission lines that act as the "backbone" of national power grids. Unlike those in Congress who blamed the blackout on deregulation, it is clear that the US blackout, the London blackout, and now the Italian blackout are all based on the same structural flaw in modern power networks.
Of course, I could just blame France for the whole thing…