Recent Historic Events: Introduction
"Recent" and "historic event" might seem a contradiction in terms. Indeed, hindsight serves as one of an historian's most important and powerful tools. The passage of time can allow passions to cool, hidden source materials to surface, and long-term effects to become evident. However, it doesn't always take hindsight to recognize an important event.
A goal (and a challenge) for the Powering Project is to try to recognize significant events quickly. Recently generated source materials can easily be discarded and lost forever since many people equate "historic" only with "old." Also, documenting what industry participants and contemporary observers believe to be significant provides future researchers -- and today's electricity users -- with a window into the thought processes at work.
The content-bar to the left lists recent events that are affecting the course of restructuring in an obvious manner. These events have been selected partly because mention of them appears often in trade-publications and other sources, and partly because important short-term effects are evident. Their ultimate long-term effects are, of course, unknowable from our vantage-point in the present.
Key-words are highlighted in the text to assist a search for more information. A list of sources, including links to on-line documentation, is at the bottom of each event page.