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Top 7 Generator Maintenance Tips

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.24.2017 | HuffPost Home
Dorit Sasson

A generator can last for decades but it needs proper maintenance. Just like it's important to eat healthy and exercise, a generator also needs maintenance to prevent it from breaking down. The better the maintenance, the longer your generator will function without the need for extensive repairs.

How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

Laura Ling | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Laura Ling

With greater investment in alternative energy innovation, strong political will within Africa and outside its borders, and an end to endemic corruption, Africa could become a leader in sustainability, lighting the way for all of us.

Trending in 2015: Cut the Cord

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Change doesn't always happen swiftly or smoothly, but in a world where people want more control over their entertainment, communication, and transportation, utilities that rely on operating a grid for profits may want to think differently.

These Cities Might Be Seeing More Power Outages, Thanks To Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green

How likely is it that climate change will leave your city in the dark? Researchers at Johns Hopkins University asked just this question, analyzing whi...

For Energy Security, Bring a Gun to the Knife Fight

Anne Butterfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Communities should think about threats to our giant, centralized grid and tell utilities, "Don't just protect the grid - help us fortify our essential services with distributed generation."

How to Eliminate Downed Power Lines

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

What's shocking about the parallels between our recent blizzard series and the Great White Hurricane is what New York City did 125 years ago that perhaps the rest of the country, or at least those in weather damage susceptible areas, ought to do as well.

It took THIS to get my family to unplug

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

No drone of the air conditioner could be heard. No television blared in the background. Not even the familiar hum of the refrigerator or a solitary screen saver could be detected. The sacred wedge of silence was magical, entrancing and wholly alien to those huddled upon the floor and sofa.

Blackouts and Cutting the Utility Umbilical Cord: 'Sir, We Would Never Get Anything Done If We Used Email'

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.21.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Kevin first posted this on his blog, The first thing out of my mouth when my son called me at work and told me the power was out s...

PHOTO: It's Only Getting Worse | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green

Dramatic images of ocean waves lashing the coastline while floodwaters inundate city streets -- especially during storms like last year's Hurricane Sa...

Resilient Power -- A New Business Case for Clean Energy

Lewis Milford | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

You don't have to be an environmentalist to buy or invest in clean energy. You should do that if you simply want to keep your lights on during the next storm.

It's Time to Invest in a 21st-century Power System

Craig Lewis | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Craig Lewis

To even maintain our antiquated power system, massive investments estimated at $673 billion are needed by 2020. Why not invest this money into the creation of a modern power system that is actually capable of meeting the full set of America's energy needs?

Matt Sledge

Facing Snowstorm, National Grid President Reassures: 'The Damage Has Been Repaired' | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Political leaders and utility companies in New York City prepared for a nasty winter snowstorm Friday afternoon that could knock out power...

Sandy: An Eye-Opener for the Power Grid

Daniel McGahn | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Daniel McGahn

The absolute paralysis that our economy and our country experiences during these prolonged and widespread outages exposes an extreme vulnerability.

Power Outage Prep... Beyond the Obvious

Marjory Abrams | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Marjory Abrams

To help you prepare the next time the power goes out, here are some beyond-the-obvious tips, gathered from my wide network of friends, coworkers and expert contributors.

Matt Sledge

LIPA In The Spotlight As Cuomo, Schneiderman Launch Investigations | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.14.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he is creating a commission with subpoena powers to investigate the performance of th...

New Orleans Hospital Projects Marred By Transmission Lines

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A plan several years ago to bury transmission and other power lines at the University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs hospital in BioDistrict New Orleans, where both complexes are under construction now, was termed too costly.

Joe Van Brussel

Sandy's Hard Hit In Connecticut Highlights Utility Lapses | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Five days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into his neighborhood, Ned Paul sifted through wet piles of garbage on his front lawn. On ...

Hurricane Sandy Power Restoration: The Last 60 Feet

Dr. Thomas D. Phelan | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York
Dr. Thomas D. Phelan

Why are some people still without power? The power grid consists of the transmission lines, distribution lines, and the last few feet from the pole to your home or business. Where this cable reaches your home is the separation point of utility responsibility and customer responsibility.

Lucas Kavner

'Slow-Motion Katrina' For New York Public Housing Residents After Sandy | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.09.2012 | New York

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Ask anyone living in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens or Park Slope earlier this week, and they would tell you that they have power, h...

Innovative Teen Scientists Develop Pee-Powered Generator

Posted 11.09.2012 | Impact

This is not your average science project. A quartet of African teens have developed a generator that runs on urine. The talented young scientists ...

The Need for Connection in the Age of Anxiety

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

In this age of anxiety, there seems to be, after all, a deep yearning for genuine human connection and real-life interaction devoid of electronic distraction. The question is, will future generations have the capacity to attain it and sustain it?


Anna Maslakovic | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Anna Maslakovic

The day after hurricane Sandy broke trees around our house, I woke at dawn and realized that the deafening wind had lessened. I thought I wanted nothing more in life. I was wrong.

Hurricane, Followed By Nor'easter: Should You Invest In A Whole House Generator?

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.08.2012 | Fifty

The brutal force of Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people in 10 states, canceled nearly 20,000 flights, caused an estimated $50 billion in damag...

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Hurricane Sandy

Brie Dyas | Posted 01.07.2013 | HuffPost Home
Brie Dyas

There's only a fine line separating us from the 1920s, and that's our power grid.

David Wood

As Sandy's Fuel Crisis Eases, FEMA Gassing Up Only Emergency Vehicles | David Wood | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With gasoline supplies returning to normal and gas stations reopening across the New York metropolitan area, federal authorities are now...