I never gave much thought to electricity until I read the book One Second After. That got me thinking about what would happen if the electricity went out. While at the National War College as a student, I had the opportunity to write a few papers, so I used this general topic for some of them. I'm currently working a larger paper for Spring 2014 as a writing elective, with this as the topic. Here I'll record what I've found, and also continue keeping track of electric grid security events.