More people unable to pay utility bills, with colder months coming

Nov 13, 2020
Electric and gas debt is expected to be more than $24 billion by the end of this year, at least three times what it was last year.
The protections against shut-offs are lifting and disconnections have already begun.
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Nobel laureate Robert Wilson says auctions pervade our everyday life

Oct 13, 2020
Many products are now sold using "package auctions" for a more efficient allocation of goods.
It's not just art sales. Auctions are instrumental in advertising sales, electricity prices, property purchases and more.
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Stop utility shut-offs during COVID-19 crisis, NAACP Legal Defense Fund president says

"We would love to have a nationwide moratorium on all utility shut-offs, but every day, turn-offs are happening," Sherrilyn Ifill says.
Some states have worked to stop utility shut-offs, including Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky.
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Moving away from carbon, with help from Canada

Mar 3, 2020
Wind and solar resources in New England and New York fluctuate. One way to manage this uncertainty is trading with Quebec.
Several states in the northeast of America have committed to decarbonizing their electricity grids in the next 20 to 30 years.
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Massive power shut-off would cost businesses in California

Oct 8, 2019
As the risk of wildfire and natural disasters increase with climate change, power disruptions could become more common.
Towers carrying electrical lines in south San Francisco.
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Some utility companies are racing to be carbon neutral

Jul 26, 2019
Many suppliers of electrical power are facing the question of when to get to zero emissions, not if they need to get there.
A windfarm is seen in 2006 near Palm Springs, California.
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New York’s sweeping climate change law comes with lots of unknowns

Jun 20, 2019
“Fiscal implications: To be determined,” an official summary of the bill reads.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about the city's strategy to fight climate change in April. The State Assembly approved a sweeping climate change bill, which now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk.
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Working to get the lights back on in Puerto Rico

Crews from New York are among those restoring power in Old San Juan.
Con Edison crews from New York help restore power in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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The Army Corps of Engineers is tasked with turning the lights back on in Puerto Rico

Oct 20, 2017
The mission: Put things back the way they were, including 62,000 telephone poles.
A car drives under tilted power line poles in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 2.
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In an era when water ownership sparks disputes, one Georgia water agency wants to share its supply

Jul 27, 2017
Use less water, share more of it. One Georgia water agency bucks the water wars stereotype.
The pond at Starr’s Mill is one of the reservoirs that Fayette County operates. The water system is allowed to use water from this reservoir, but it doesn’t, choosing instead to let it flow downstream for other uses. 
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