A new assessment from a British and New Zealand research team concluded that we can expect more frequent power outages in the future. Most of our lines in America are more than 25 years old and they say neither the Europe nor the USA has adequately invested in infrastructure. Our love of air conditioning puts a strain on power, as the power it takes just to fuel our air conditioners is equivalent to the total electricity consumption back in the 1950s. Add in the electric car trend and you have a power meltdown of sorts. The researchers say more outages not only cost a lot in annual losses but raises concern over food safety, increased crime, transport problems, and environmental cost of diesel generators.