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European Definitions

Blackout shall mean interruption of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and consumption processes, when operation of the power system or a part thereof is terminated. [1]

Blackout is a short- or long-term loss of the electric power to an area. [2]

National Definitions


Blackout - Interruzione, in genere imprevista e imposta dall'emergenza, nell'erogazione di energia elettrica; blocco di un impianto o di un servizio (blackout elettrrico, blackout telefonico, blackout televisivo). [3]


Black-out is een storingssituatie waarbij (een deel van) één of meerdere netten spanningsloos is. [4]

South Africa

Blackout: When there is insufficient power station capacity to supply the demand (load) from all the customers, the electricity system becomes unbalanced, which can cause it to trip out country-wide. [5]

Standard Definition

ISO/IEC TR 27019:2013

Widespread electrical power outage. [6]

Other Definitions

Blackout ist ein kompletter Ausfall der Stromversorgung in Folge von Schäden oder Ausfällen in einem Kraftwerk, an Stromleitungen oder anderen Teilen des Verteilungssystems, verursacht durch einen Kurzschluss, Betriebsmittelausfall, Überlastung des Übertragungs- und Verteilungssystems usw. Andere Bezeichnungen für Blackout sind Stromausfall oder Netzausfall [7]

A blackout is a complete interruption of power in a given service area. [8]

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