H. Peter Burg

 

 

Age: 57

 

Summary: chairman and chief executive officer of FirstEnergy Corp., the Akron, Ohio-based utility company that is the U.S.'s fifth largest electric utility system, whose company took much of the blame for the August 14 blackout that affected the northeastern U.S. (the company failed to trim trees beneath high-voltage transmission lines causing the first power failures that day and a computer malfunction at the utility then played a major role in allowing the problems to cascade), but who staunchly disputed the report by the energy commission task force.

 

 

Cause of Death: Leukemia

 

Born: April 9, 1946

 

Died: January 13, 2004

 

Location: Cleveland, Ohio