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Blackout

1. A situation in which local television and radio stations do not broadcast a live sports match or similar event. A blackout is most common when a company wishes to increase ticket sales for the event. The blackout may be canceled if the event sells all tickets a certain number of days before.

2. See: Blackout period.
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Had the systems not worked, "instead of a blackout for a couple of days, we would have had one for several months," says Jack Hawks, a vice president at the Electric Power Supply Association.
The ministry said in a statement that the blackout imposed Tuesday was restricted to one hour between 6:30 p.
You need to look at their ability to produce, especially with blackouts.
We didn't have blackouts until the utility companies, unable to win a $10 billion ratepayer bailout by threatening bankruptcy, decided to stop paying their power bills," said Harvey Rosenfeld, president of the Los Angeles-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
March 13, 1989: Hydro Quebec could not stabilize the power surges its grid was receiving and this resulted in several shunts, causing a nine-hour blackout for 6 million Quebec residents.
More than a dozen major electric utilities in the United States are committed to new voluntary transformer-monitoring standards to help prevent transformer failures, which are a major source of blackouts.
Issues around pulling cable providers in or out of blackouts are a consideration as some have pushed back.
Memory blackouts refer to the inability to recall events; they do not refer to loss of consciousness as a result of drinking too much.
Gordon says that increasing strategic demand response participation from the current two percent to about 10 percent, would give the city much better tools to avert selective power failures, and full-scale blackouts.
Southern California Edison customers in an area roughly bounded by Valencia Boulevard, Lyons Avenue, McBean Parkway and Interstate 5 were among those areas in line for one-hour energy-saving blackouts.
Long associated with advanced alcoholism, it is now known blackouts occur to moderate and even first time drinkers, says Dr.