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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.

Tens Of Thousands Still Without Power After Storms

AP | COREY WILLIAMS and DAVID EGGERT | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to ...

Bad Weather May Hinder Efforts To Restore Power

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Snow was falling Thursday morning in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out t...

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans Still Without Power

AP | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to more than half a million homes le...

Thousands Hit With Power Outages On Christmas Eve

AP | ALANNA DURKIN and COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green

DETROIT (AP) — A massive ice storm blacked out homes from the Plains to the far Northeast of the U.S., dealing a big "bah humbug" to thousands of fa...

Wild Mix Of Weather Sweeps Across U.S.

AP | HOLLY RAMER | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After the first full day of winter brought everything from balmy temperatures along the Mid-Atlantic to snow in the Midwest and...

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, MyMediaDiary.com. 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

weather.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Powerful Storm Brings Snow, Rain To Northeast

AP | HOLLY RAMER | Posted 02.26.2013 | Green

CONCORD, N.H. — A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across...

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.

Report: Hurricane Power Outages After Sandy Not Extraordinary

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 01.16.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably tur...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?