The New York Times: A Bird is Blamed as 10,000 Lose Power in New Orleans

Eric Smith, professor of practice in management science and associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, was quoted in a New York Times story about a power outage that became fodder for jokes when Entergy New Orleans said it likely caused by an errant bird.

“We do tend to have probably a higher rate of outages than some other comparable urban areas,” Professor Smith said.

Still, he said, some complaints about the grid’s reliability were unfair, pointing out that animals have posed a threat to infrastructure in other places.

“It’s not like you feel like you’re living in a third world country,” he said. “New York has its issues with rats. It’s not just New Orleans.”

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