A man reads the newspaper by flashlight during the Northeast Blackout in August 2003.
AP Photo/Joe Kohen
Fifteen years after the Northeast Blackout of 2003 cut power to 50 million people in the US and Canada, experts explain that many threats to the electricity grid remain.
Some of the damage cause by Hurricane Maria, months after it hit.
Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
While the hurricanes last year dealt devastating blows to Puerto Rico, its challenges predate the storms and continue on today. They also offer new opportunities.
Who’s in control of what’s flowing in these wires?
D Sharon Pruitt
Experts explain the task of securing the electrical grid against cyberattacks, and discuss potential solutions and the risk of failure.
“No Linky” posters in Montreuil, near Paris. The first one reads “Linky: You can say no.” The second reads “Linky spies on your private life.” Some residents fear data surveillance rather than looking at possible advantages of smart meters.
A recent study suggests that smart meters can help households reduce their electricity use by as much as 5%. Are France’s anti-Linky households listening?
Australia’s energy prices have doubled since 2015.
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A Grattan Institute report has found renewable energy investment could offer a path to lower rates, but they won't drop below 2015 prices.
Offshore wind turbine near Scotland.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Generating less electricity with fossil fuels could help save lives.
The Indian Point nuclear power station outside New York City will be decommissioned by 2021.
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There is simply no credible evidence supporting the contention that America is experiencing a grid emergency.
Solar lowers prices and shifts when daily peak demand hours are.
Large-scale solar and wind tend to push energy prices down, which sounds great as a consumer. But that makes keeping the grid in constant balance harder.
Foundries in South Africa are the hardest hit by rising electricity costs.
High municipal electricity tariffs pose a serious threat to South Africa's machinery and equipment manufacturing industries.
Protesters occupy a national highway in the Western Cape.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
No money for new coal - and no change to the current situation for renewables, despite the treasurer’s claims.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Scott Morrison's budget speech held no surprises on energy, after months of debate over the National Energy Guarantee. The real news comes in July with the release of a crucial ACCC report on power prices.
Wind turbines are becoming as American as haybales.
While wind energy is often perceived as controversial, that may be due to the tyranny and power of unrepresentative anecdotes.
Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016.
A recent survey of electric utility leaders finds that Trump administration efforts to promote coal energy and roll back air pollution regulations have had little impact on their long-range plans.
Josh Frydenberg met with state energy ministers in Melbourne the latest round of discussions over the National Energy Guarantee.
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The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August.
Millions of people without electricity access in Africa live close to existing power grid infrastructure.
There are millions of energy poor people in sub-Saharan Africa who live in cities.
The coils winding facility building in France, where a global effort to build the ITER fusion energy reactor is underway.
As fusion becomes more technically viable, it's time to assess whether it's worth the money because breakthroughs in the lab don’t guarantee success in the marketplace.
AGL has promised to replace the power generated by Liddell with a mix of other sources.
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
Politician’s energy priorities do not necessarily align with those of ordinary Australians.
A new report has found that Tasmanians, Queenslanders and New South Welshmen are paying $100-$400 a year for unnecessary infrastructure.
Increasing prices to levels that reflect the costs of production sends a signal that electricity is a valuable commodity.
Indonesia will freeze electricity prices until the end of 2019, a presidential election year. Research shows that earlier cuts to electricity subsidies led to improved efficiency in electricity use.
Solar panels sit on the roof of a home in Enkanini, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.
Innovation in small-scale solar systems and mobile money systems is giving people in sub-Saharan Africa access to electricity at a lower cost than diesel or kerosene.