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North Korea by night [photograph]

North Korea appears as a sea of darkness in this famous photograph. The capital city Pyongyang registers as the sole blip of light. Perhaps there is no better visualization of the isolation and oppression that the North Koreans live under...

December 19, 2011 — David Wogan

Natural Gas - Leading Retirements, New Capacity

Over the past decade, the electricity producing fleet of power plants has begun to noticeably shift. While the country's nuclear and coal fleets continue to age, its natural gas power plants are getting younger and leaner...

December 14, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

The Secret Problem With That Testing Column

I hope you won't object to a post not specifically on point about energy or transmission or connectivity. But I think it gets directly at how we understand those topics, so I think it's worth mentioning.Everybody has been reading and posting and cross-posting and commenting on this post, in the blog of Valerie Strauss, who writes The Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post ...

December 12, 2011 — Scott Huler

(A Lack of Good) Electricity Outage Data

When attempting to evaluate the overall health of the U.S. electric grid, one potentially important metric relates to outages – how often and how long customers are without power.

December 8, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

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