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CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

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In the two days since the second U.S. Ebola patient was diagnosed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a new team to battle the threat of Ebola. This team has no steady lineup, but it will be deployed anywhere in the country that sees a new case of Ebola, CDC [...]

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Three Reasons Oncor’s Energy Storage Proposal Is a Game Changer

The Brattle Group calculated the net effect that Oncor's proposal would have on an average Texas residential electric bill.

Early last week, Texas transmission and distribution company Oncor announced a proposal to install 5,000 megawatts of battery energy storage on the Texas grid. The words “game-changing” get thrown around a lot about energy storage projects—usually prematurely. But in this case I think there are some clear reasons why Oncor’s proposed deal could be a [...]

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How Does Oil and Gas Drilling Raise Electricity Prices in West Texas?

Often, oil and gas drilling occurs in rural areas without sufficient electricity infrastructure. (Photo by Richard Childress)

In July 2012, Frontier Texas, an Old West museum located in Abilene, received an electric bill nearly $4,000 higher than expected. Oddly enough, the museum hadn’t used an unusual amount of power that month. Rather, the cause of the high bill was the fact that Abilene lies in Texas’s western power trading zone, which happens [...]

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To Unlock Wind, Build Transmission Lines Linking the Plains to the Cities

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A vital factor affecting the economics of any energy source is transportation: where is the fuel extracted, where is it used, and how does it get from point A to point B? An example is the case of Texas versus North Dakota, both of which have experienced a boom in oil and gas production from [...]

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Photo Friday: Superconducting wires for long-distance electricity transmission

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The superconducting wires shown in the photo above are capable of moving 5x the amount of electricity as copper wires, with lower heat and energy losses, which make it possible to more efficiently transmit electricity over long distances. Photo Credit: “Superconducting wires by epitaxial grown on SSIFFS at Oak Ridge National Laboratory” taken on July [...]

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Ever wonder how transmission lines are repaired? Introducing high flying linemen

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The U.S. electricity grid includes more than 200,000 miles of high voltage (230 kilovolts and higher) power lines. This network of wires helps to maintain a reliable supply of electricity across the country. For those who wonder how these lines are inspected and repaired, check out this video of some high flying linemen – courtesy [...]

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Get Used to It

Today’s suggestion? Get used to it. Days of unspeakable heat? The heat taking the usual storm systems and turning them excessively violent? Lack of investment in infrastructure making recovery from those storms lengthy and piecemeal? Check, check, and check. Remember the “Snowstorm of 88” narratives we all grew up listening to? The next generation of [...]

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