Power management company Eaton recently released its 2013 Blackout Tracker Annual Report. For the fifth year, California topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. On average, each outage affected 6,543 people for more than three hours per outage, and power failures caused problems for people and businesses in all 50 states.


“The Blackout Tracker Annual Report illustrates the scope and severity of power outages across the country and the serious consequences that can arise for businesses when the lights go out,” said Mike DeCamp, senior marketing communications manager, Eaton Power Quality Division. 


He said electrical power outages, surges and spikes are estimated to cost the U.S. economy $150 billion per year.


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The Blackout Tracker used 3,236 reported outages as the basis for the 2013 report, an increase from the 2,808 outages the year before. The reported number of people affected by outages decreased from 25 million in 2012 to 14 million in 2013. 


According to the White House, outages caused by harsh weather cost the U.S. economy an average of $18 billion–$33 billion per year. Eaton has tracked power outage information since Feb. 16, 2008, in an effort to educate consumers on the causes and potential effects of outages. The report and a power outage tracker are available at www.eaton.com/blackouttracker.