This story explains that PJM had allowed many different elements of its generation and transmission system to be out of service for maintenance on Tuesday, when one of FirstEnergy's transmission lines in Ohio failed. The failure of this one line caused PJM to "order utilities to institute small, localized blackouts in Ohio and other states to prevent more widespread outages."
A part on a FirstEnergy Corp. 345-kilowatt transmission line broke on Tuesday afternoon, leading to a loss of power to about 15,000 customers, said FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said.
The heat probably was not responsible for the break, Durbin said.
If this story is true however, then PJM has some 'splainin to do. PJM told us we "needed" PATH because its system must be designed for contingencies where failure of one transmission line will not bring the whole system crashing down. That would be irresponsibly poor planning. Isn't that right, PJM?