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Power Hungry: Reinventing The U.S. Electricity Grid

This April 2009 series from NPR examines the costs, the politics and other challenges of upgrading the country's electricity grid.

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Unlocking the Grid

With the race on to reduce global warming and fossil fuel dependency, experts in alternative energy see a bright future for renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro-power and geothermal energy. But getting it onto the electrical grid to power homes and businesses is a major challenge that engineers and environmentalists are wrestling with. QUEST and Climate Watch team up to look at the "Smart Grid" of the future and how it might be improved to more cleanly and efficiently keep the lights on in California.

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