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Nation's electricity grid gets a test

Nov 12, 2013
The aging grid's main protection against attack is that it's too sprawling and complicated to all go down at once.
Posted In: power, electricity, infrastructure

No, your phone doesn't use as much electricity as a refrigerator

Aug 23, 2013
Widely reported: your smartphone uses the same amount of electricity as two refrigerators. Why some ideas stick around, true or not.
Posted In: electricity

With choice comes risk: How to pick the electricity plan that's right for you

Aug 21, 2013
Power companies are starting to steal from the mobile phone playbook, offering free nights and weekends or pre-paid plans. This can save you money, or it can blow you away with higher bills.
Posted In: electricity, power, utilities

Channeling Nikola Tesla's electric currents today

Jul 26, 2013
The inventor has been cast as Thomas Edison's more magical nemesis and contemporary -- and he's currently being celebrated at the New York Hall of Science.
Posted In: inventions, electricity, New York City

Power grid is tested by heat wave: Will it pass?

Jul 18, 2013
A heat wave covering the Midwest and Northeast is expected to peak today -- and with it, demand for electricity to power air conditioning. People may be asked to conserve, but power grids expect they'll meet demand.
Posted In: energy, electricity, power grid, weather

This smart grid can save power -- and lives

Jul 11, 2013
The U.S. power grid needs upgrading to manage all the stresses on it. The Army is testing a much smaller grid that cut fuel use in half, saving soldiers' lives.
Posted In: power grid, smart grid, electricity

Poop power: A new generation of companies bet on a different renewable energy (Infographic)

Jun 12, 2013
It's been tried before, but a new generation of companies is hoping that manure will become the next solar.
Posted In: renewable energy, electricity, cows

Jamaican power company reacts to electricity theft

Apr 4, 2013
Power costs in Jamaica are among the highest in the Caribbean. Many poor people have devised ways to get their supply free and illegally. Now the utility company is cracking down on this theft.
Posted In: Jamaica, electricity, power grid

Would you like some salt with your batteries?

Apr 4, 2013
A promising new technology aims to store electricity for the power grid on the cheap.
Posted In: energy, batteries, power grid, electricity

Sandy outages may help rethink power grid

Nov 13, 2012
Long-term power outages in the wake of Sandy have led many experts to scrutinize the power delivery infrastructure and look at how it could be strengthened.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, new jersey, New York, electricity

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