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99% Invisible

136- Lights Out

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On July 13th, 1977, lightning struck an electricity transmission line in New York City, causing the line's automatic circuit breaker to kick in. The electricity from the affected line was diverted to another line.

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PRI's The World

In India, reliable electricity is no guarantee

Friday, August 15, 2014

People in India have had to adapt to the country's notoriously unreliable electricity. Deepak Singh is staying with his parents in Lucknow for the summer, where he has relearned how to live without the promise of sustained power.

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New Sounds

European Electroacoustic Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sample some music from a compilation of rare instrumental works by Irish composers and electronica artists/musicians on this New Sounds program.  The anthology, “On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics” was curated by Daniel Figgis, and includes a work by Vincent Doherty, who combines the sounds of electronic music and American minimalism.  We’ll hear from Doherty, along with music from Sunken Foal, chiming delicate electronic music that isn’t afraid to groove.  Also, listen to entire armies of electronic guitar drone from Enda Bates, along with a shimmery electronic piece, “Error Messages,” by Linda Buckley.  And more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Green Energy Options, Explained

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Last week, we talked about why many listeners saw their bills spike this winter. Gerald Norlander, executive director of New York's Utility Project, explains why other listeners didn't, and the options available for customers who want to shop around.

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WNYC News

Stray Voltage: No Shock This Time of Year

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Melting snow and salt are corroding electric cables, sometimes shocking people and their pets this time of year.

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WNYC News

Con Ed Agrees to Freeze Rates—But Will Still Work on Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

After asking for a big rate hike to protect its infrastructure from storms, Con Edison has bowed to pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and agreed to a rate freeze.

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New Sounds

European Electroacoustic Music

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Sample some music from a compilation of rare instrumental works by Irish composers and electronica artists/musicians on this New Sounds program.  The anthology, “On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics” was curated by Daniel Figgis, and includes a work by Vincent Doherty, who combines the sounds of electronic music and American minimalism.  We’ll hear from Doherty, along with music from Sunken Foal, chiming delicate electronic music that isn’t afraid to groove.  Also, listen to entire armies of electronic guitar drone from Enda Bates, along with a shimmery electronic piece, “Error Messages,” by Linda Buckley.  And more.

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The Takeaway

How Thomas Edison Illuminated Modern America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 1893 Columbian Exposition introduced the United States as an industrial power on the world’s stage. As the exposition opened on May 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland illuminated the fairgrounds with the push of a button, the first time most of the exposition's attendees had ever seen a light bulb.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Smart Grid Privacy

Friday, January 04, 2013

A caller to the show expressed concern over the "smart grid" giving utilities the ability to control individual appliances and power usage. Kevin B. Jones, senior fellow in Energy Technology and Policy at Vermont Law School, discusses the concerns over privacy with new energy technologies.

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Transportation Nation

Blueprint for New York's "Energy Highway" Unveiled

Monday, October 22, 2012


The "energy highway" proposed by New York Governor Cuomo at this year's State of the State address now has a blueprint.

The plan, which was released at a cabinet meeting in Albany, details plans to increase energy transmission in the state.

Read the press release below. The full blueprint can be found here.

GOVERNOR CUOMO RECEIVES PLAN TO MODERNIZE THE STATE'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND SPUR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT
Plan for Up to 3,200 MW in Additional Electric Generation and Transmission Will Spur $5.7 Billion Investment, Helping Ensure Clean, Reliable, Affordable Power for New York's Future

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today received the Energy Highway Task Force's Blueprint, a comprehensive plan that will add up to 3,200 megawatts (MW) of additional electric generation and transmission capacity and clean power generation through up to $5.7 billion in private investments. The 3,200 MW outlined in this blueprint would provide enough energy to power approximately 3.2 million homes.

The Energy Highway initiative, introduced in the 2012 State of the State address, is a centerpiece of the Governor's Power NY agenda, which was put in place to ensure that New York's energy grid is the most advanced in the nation and promotes increased business investment in the state.

"As we work to grow New York's economy, we need reliable, affordable, and clean power to leverage significant private sector investments, to allow businesses to grow, and to create jobs," Governor Cuomo said. "The energy highway will ensure that businesses and residential consumers across New York State have access to the affordable power they need to plan for not just today, but also for the future. An economy built to last requires a power infrastructure that gives businesses the confidence and security they need to hire new workers and plan for years to come, and this Blueprint continues to position New York State as a national leader in clean energy production and investment."

The Blueprint includes specific actions designed to add up to 3,200 MW in new generation and transmission, including plans to:

· Invest $1 billion for 1000 MW of new electric transmission capacity
· Initiate $250 million in new renewable energy projects, leveraging $425 million in private investment and creating 270 MW of new power

· Modernize and repower existing inefficient, high emission plants to create 750 MW of power, enabled by approximately $1.5 billion investment.

· Generate 1,200 MW of additional capacity through approximately $1 billion investment to help meet reliability needs to address retiring power plants across the state.
· Accelerate $1.3 billion of investment in existing transmission and distribution projects to enhance reliability, improve safety, reduce cost to customers and reduce emissions.
· Invest $250 million to develop Smart Grid technologies and create the most advanced energy management control center in the country.
· Initiate field studies of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind development potential

The interagency Energy Highway Task Force will begin swift implementation of the proposed actions. These steps will significantly reduce the time required for development of energy infrastructure and includes a first-of-its-kind solicitation of new transmission projects by the Department of Public Service.

The Blueprint reaches every corner of the state with both locally focused and statewide actions to provide system reliability and economic development benefits. In Northern New York, strategic investments in transmission system upgrades will facilitate access for renewable energy projects to electricity markets. Western New York will undergo an immediate review of the viability of repowering options for power plants that have announced retirement plans and could benefit from a new Community Support Plan in the event plants are closed. Repowering, reducing transmission congestion, and offshore wind initiatives in the downstate region will help to green the power plant fleet supplying the highest energy demand area of the State. Upgrades throughout the state will support regional job growth and economic development.

The Energy Highway Task Force created the Blueprint after reviewing 130 responses provided by 85 entities including investor-owned utilities, private developers and investors in response to its Request for Information (RFI), issued in April. Public comments submitted on the RFI responses were also considered in the development of the plan as were publicly available reports and analyses. In April, along with the issuance of the RFI, the Task Force convened two conferences—an Energy Highway Summit at which power industry leaders explored the State's energy issues and challenges, and a Conference of RFI Respondents and Interested Parties.

Governor Cuomo provided his vision for the Energy Highway in his 2012 State of the State address. He named Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority, and Joseph Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as co-chairman of the Task Force. Joining them on the Task Force are Kenneth Adams, president, chief executive officer and commissioner of Empire State Development; Garry A. Brown, chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission; and Francis J. Murray, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

To view the Energy Highway Blueprint, visit www.NYEnergyHighway.com.

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The Takeaway

A Look Into the History of Light

Monday, February 13, 2012

An estimated one-quarter of the world currently lives without electricity. Liberia, among others, is fighting to change this: after the second of two civil wars in the last 25 years ended in 2003, the country's electrical grid had been destroyed. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected in 2006 in part on a platform to return widespread electricity to the country, and she has recently claimed that, by 2015, 30 percent of the country's urban population and 15 percent of its rural population will be restored to the national grid.

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WNYC News

New Power Plant Siting Law Could Boost Efforts to Close Indian Point

Monday, June 27, 2011

Legislative action in Albany last week may make it easier to shut down the controversial Indian Point nuclear power station north of New York City. 

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WNYC News

Albany Bill Takes Aim at Utility Rate Hike

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The state legislature has unanimously approved a bill that supporters say could prevent a 12 percent rate hike in energy prices.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

WNYC Broadcasts Tribute to Nikola Tesla

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nikola Tesla, the father of alternating current and one of the greatest inventors of all time, died on January 7, 1943 at the New Yorker Hotel. Three days later, WNYC broadcast this memorial to him.  The Croatian-born violinist Zlatko Baloković performed Ave Maria live in the studio, as well as a piece known to be a favorite of Tesla's, identified as Therefore Beyond the Hills is My Village, My Native Land.  Mayor F. H. La Guardia read a moving tribute to Tesla written by Slovenian-American author Louis Adamic. Announcer Joe Fishler concluded the program this way:

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WNYC News

Mayor Rips Electric Rate Hikes

Friday, April 01, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he plans to fight electric bill rate hikes now that the feds have approved increases for power generation companies.  

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The Takeaway

US Business Reacts to Japan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The crisis in Japan has finally hit home for stock markets around the world. Investors are concerned that electronics manufacturers, who import chips from Japan could be affected by lapses in the supply chain. Two of Japan's top companies, Honda and Toyota have halted production at their Japanese plants and Detroit is highly dependent on parts from Japan. At the same time, the disaster in Japan has raised questions about the energy industry here in the United States. 

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WNYC News

Transformer Explodes, Takes Indian Point Power Plant Offline

Monday, November 08, 2010

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A failed transformer temporarily shuts down the Indian Power Plant in Buchanan, NY.

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WNYC News

Today in History: Edison Patents the Electric Light Bulb

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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While the world is buzzing over Apple's latest product release, the iPad, it's appropriate that we look back at another pioneer of technology, Thomas Edison. Light_bulbOn this day in 1880, Edison patented the electric light bulb: U.S. ...

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