This morning around 9:45 am, large areas of the Netherlands including the capital Amsterdam had been hit by a power outage. The electricity failure was caused by a power grid overload due to a defect at a substation in Diemen outside Amsterdam. All flights from and to Schiphol, Europe’s fourth largest airport, had to be canceled briefly. One the whole, approximately one million households were affected.
According to TSC member TenneT, the Dutch transmission system operator (TSO), power had been restored to most parts of the densely populated region by noon. The failure itself lasted about an hour. TenneT’s experts are investigating why the back-up system which should have kicked in did not function properly.
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