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Money Matters

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

by Paddy Hirsch 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.
Utility workers repair a power line in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Channeling Nikola Tesla's electric currents today

by Molly Wood 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.

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

by Sarah McCammon 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.
BURN: An Energy Journal

This smart grid can save power -- and lives

by Marketplace Contributor 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.
By The Numbers

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

by David Weinberg Jun 12, 2013
It's been tried before, but a new generation of companies is hoping that manure will become the next solar.
BBC World Service

Jamaican power company reacts to electricity theft

by Marketplace Contributor 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.

Would you like some salt with your batteries?

by Molly Wood Apr 4, 2013
A promising new technology aims to store electricity for the power grid on the cheap.

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Weather Economy

Sandy outages may help rethink power grid

by Jeremy Hobson 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.
Weather Economy

Governor Cuomo threatens to switch NY utilities

by Dan Bobkoff Nov 6, 2012
A week after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, more than a million people are still without power. New York Governor Cuomo is threatening to find other utilities if electric companies like ConEd and LIPA don’t perform.
Weather Economy

Lower Manhattan flickers back to life

by Mark Garrison Oct 31, 2012
Despite the loss of power in lower Manhattan, Wall Street and some nearby businesses reopen. But downtown is dead compared to midtown.