It's no simple matter to bring emergency personnel to restore the power. Unlike human services, such as sheltering and food service, utility restoration requires specially trained, highly skilled workers who must work in hazardous conditions.
Like millions of lower Manhattan residents, I've been without power since Hurricane Sandy hit. Nobody can reach me. No texts, no phone calls, no e-mails, no tweets, no nothing. It feels wonderful to be totally out of touch.
There are 1.5 billion of us whose lives are circumscribed by the movements of the sun, though we know how to harness that same energy to allow for the flourishing of productivity and the human spirit. We can do better.
I live in a refrigerator. Actually, I live in a house with five men -- four of them are my grown sons and one is my husband. They are hot. They are big, strapping men. They need air conditioning -- and they need it blowing hard.
Blaine has taken on a variety of insane feats in his career, from hanging upside-down for 60 hours in New York's Central Park to freezing himself in a block of ice. But he's never done anything like this.
Of course most of us have a vague understanding that for our own safety, when it comes to dealing with high-voltage situations, it is critical to "ground" the electricity. The primary purpose of this is, in fact, to reduce the risk of serious electric shock.
Japan's weaker climate targets are not set in stone -- we can and should push to accelerate the renewables revolution in Japan and elsewhere. In other words, to build the political will for a future in which our families are safe, healthy and prosperous.
How did Isaac stack up against past hurricanes? The slow-moving storm, with its rain and strong winds, damaged power grids across Louisiana, according to Entergy. Hall said "for New Orleans, Isaac was the second biggest storm in terms of customer outages after Katrina."
As consumers fret about the inevitable rise in food prices, the drought is unveiling another, darker threat to the American lifestyle, as it is now threatening electricity supplies. It's time for serious national discussion about renewable energy.
Domestic energy production reduces our reliance on foreign fuel sources and bolster our national security. Unfortunately, collective opposition to every new form of energy threatens the reliability and affordability of our electricity supply.
An estimated 90 Appalachian Power distribution substations were toppled last week. Since then, residents have attempted to fend off brutal summer temperatures without electricity, along with shortages of food, water and gas.
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in the very populous corridor between Los Angeles and San Diego, has been shuttered since January after it was discovered that damage to the steam tubes that carry radioactive water had led to a small leak of radioactive steam.
Just as the major currency of Hollywood is fame, here in the Washington area we deal in power: Who has it? How much? On the last day of June, many of us were reminded of what it means to be completely powerless -- literally.