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.
There are many ways for future electricity rates to go down while coal use also declines. Illinois' renewable portfolio standard aims to get 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and in the process, shrink bills.
Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.
For most Americans, most of the time, electricity is a given. We rely on electricity to power our lives at work, at school and at home. We rely on it so much, it comes as quite a shock when we are deprived of it.
Within the next decade, 100 million Americans in the nation's largest cities will be able to get cheaper electricity from their own rooftop -- without subsidies -- than from their electric utility, according to a new report.
When underground electric utility cable has reached its useful life or become damaged, it can leak electricity. It energizes all conductive surfaces in its proximity that people and pets come in contact with.
The Washington Post graphic, which "proves" that over 10 years, incandescent lighting would cost the purchaser $5 less than buying LEDs, doesn't get into factors such as the time value of money, investment risk or opportunity costs.
There's a world of difference between safety, acceptable risk, and too much risk. Nuclear power plants lie somewhere between the second and the third. Anyone who tells you they're unqualifyingly safe is blowing smoke. Hopefully it won't be radioactive.