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What A Storm 93 Million Miles Away Means For Your Power

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Our most important piece of infrastructure--the grid--is also the most vulnerable to an unpredictable, strange kind of weather. Severe solar storms could knock out power to millions of Americans. And critics say new regulations don't go far enough to protect the grid. Continue Reading →

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IE Questions: What Keeps Our Electric Grid Humming?

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Remember the 90s action movie Speed? The electric grid, our country’s biggest machine, is basically the bus from the movie. The grid runs at a specific speed – its frequency – and if it gets too high or too low, the system wants to explode. Luckily, the electric grid has its own Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, built right in, to keep it vibrating at the right speed. Continue Reading →

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Texas Weighs Waste

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Nuclear waste is not popular in any neighborhood. In West Texas, there’s a battle underway over a plan to create a above ground storage facility for high level waste. Its a bigger problem than West Texas - the nation’s nuclear power plants are quickly running out of room to store the waste. This region has had a long and often contentious relationship with nuclear waste, stretching back to a years-long battle over a planned permanent waste site in the 1980’s and 90’s. Opponents eventually won that fight, but a different site was later built in the Permian Basin. Continue Reading →

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Why Smart Meters Don’t Make A Smart Grid

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In 2009, President Obama promised to modernize the electric grid, using stimulus money. The new power grid would be smart and efficient, bringing the tech revolution to electricity. It would incorporate more renewable energy. It would have the ability to fix blackouts more quickly. And, it would save customers a whole lot of money. So whatever happened to that plan? (Blackout: Reinventing the Grid #3) Continue Reading →

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When The Largest Machine In The World Fails

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If you could peer behind an electrical plug in your house, you’d find a massive network of transmission lines and power plants and a whole army of people bringing power to the socket in real-time, 24 hours a day. It’s the largest machine in the world: the power grid. Most of the time it operates invisibly, in the background, but when it fails, it often does so memorably. To most people, those outages seem like isolated events, but when you look at the trend, they're not. (Blackout: Reinventing the Grid #1) Continue Reading →

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Communities Fight Gas Industry to Keep Pipelines Off Their Land

In January, protesters of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline were arrested in Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Communities are turning to new tactics to keep oil and gas pipelines off their lands. Courtesy Michelle Johnsen/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Despite a drop in oil prices, oil and gas companies are still producing more oil than existing pipelines can carry. As the industry tries to build new pipelines, small communities are turning to new -- and risky -- tactics to keep their land. Continue Reading →

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