In total, 2,808 reported outages occurred in 2012, down from 3,071 reported outages in 2011. The amount of people affected decreased from 41.8 million in 2011 to 25 million last year. However, the data shows an upward trend of reported outages affecting 50,000 or more people, with 42 in 2009; 52 in 2010; 109 in 2011 and 65 in 2012.
Some of the unusual cases of power outages last year include a planned outage so the Space Shuttle Endeavor could travel through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, a wild turkey flying into power lines and knocking out an emergency 911 dispatch system, county courthouse and jail in Sonoma County, Calif.; and a 6-foot copperhead snake that slithered into equipment and cut power to 6,700 people in Gadsden, Alabama.
The data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. It is divided into two sections: an overview of the national outage data and outage data by state.