All that's still not really got anything to do with my point though. Electricity is essential to our modern society, isn't it? It's woven into the basic operations of daily life, correct? So is it acceptable to our society as a whole to have it fail in such a major way? And if not, what can be done about that?
What can be done? There are government agencies that regulate and oversee just about every aspect of our lives. Everything from TV service to workplace safety, travel and banking. It's actually kind of surprising that there's not a federal commission that specifically oversees the power grid and assures compliance of the providers to maintain a standard of some sort. Unless I'm overlooking one of the 3 or 4 letter agencies.