Getting power back to millions in Florida won't be easy

Sep 11, 2017
The country has a 100-year-old grid system and more frequent extreme storms, reporter Scott Tong says. Will the state "build back better"?
A couple walks through the flooded streets of Naples, Florida, today. Hurricane Irma made another landfall near Naples yesterday after inundating the Florida Keys. Electricity was out in much of the region.
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Thousands of Texans are still in the dark

Aug 30, 2017
First, Tropical Storm Harvey knocked down power lines in the Corpus Christi area, then flooding hit the grid in Houston. Thousands of workers are trying to get the lights back on, but it’s complicated. Click the audio player above to…

Portable solar units fill the electric charging void

Mar 27, 2017
It could take years to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, options exist.
The EV Arc is a solar array that charges electric vehicles, providing as much as 220 miles' worth of electricity each day.
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Utility companies to stockpile $8 million spare parts in case of disaster

Apr 8, 2016
Spare transformers are expensive to keep around, so several utility providers start a new company to fill that role.
Transmission lines on May 7, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. 
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The "side business" phenomenon in Nigeria

Feb 19, 2015
Turning your 5 to 9 job into a global business, the Nigerian way.