Aside from the occasional power outage when we drag out the candles, oil lamps and flashlights, we take the light between dusk and dawn for granted.
On “All Things Considered” Friday, the Planet Money team interviewed Jane Brox, the...
A big fight is brewing over plans by the Canadian firm TDI to build a $2 billion power line that would feed low-cost, low-carbon hydro electricity from Quebec to consumers in New York City.
The project has drawn little opposition over the last two...
Aug 26, 2003 — Some environmentalists are concerned that the blackout that affected the Northeast and part of Canada might be used as an excuse to build more power plants. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2003 — Concerns over the adequacy of New York's electric transmission grids were well known within the state's power industry well before last Thursday's black out, but few outside the industry paid much attention. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Aug 20, 2003 — Last week's massive power failure has brought closer scrutiny to the deregulation of the power industry in New York. Critics say there is not enough oversight of the selling and distribution of this essential commodity. Defenders of deregulation say more time is needed to let the free market system work. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Aug 19, 2003 — Last week's blackout has drawn attention to the fact that New York State has no law in place to build new power plants. The power plant site law expired last December, and Governor Pataki and the legislature have been unable to agree on how to renew it. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Aug 18, 2003 — While there are many questions on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and have been an accident waiting to happen. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Aug 18, 2003 — It'll be anything but business as usual as Ontario struggles to return to work following last week's massive blackout. Millions of Ontarians had an unexpected day off Friday, and many will be off again today as stores, businesses and industry try to operate on half power. Martha Foley talks with Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — Thursday's power failure caused inconvenience and alarm across much of the North Country, but there seems to have been little in the way of serious damage or injury. Brian Mann traveled through the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — It's a "snow day" in August for state workers in New York City. That's what Governor Pataki says at a news conference this morning at in Albany. Pataki says power has been restored to upstate New York utility customers. He says the outage that blanketed much of the Northeast and southern Canada started somewhere in the Midwest, and not at a Niagara Mohawk facility in western New York. The Governor says he has some serious questions about the blackout. Go to full article
Jul 31, 2003 — A group that promotes green energy says the electricity crisis across North America is going to get worse. And the group says refurbishing old nuclear power plants is not the answer. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports. Go to full article
Apr 01, 2003 — State officials will resume talks next week with aluminum giant Alcoa about the future of the company's two plants in Massena. One of them nearly closed last December. 110 people were laid off. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article