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Maryland PRC Reconsidering Storm Outage Charges

Pepco customers weighed in Monday at the Maryland Public Service Commission about a policy that lets utility companies charge customers during the first 24 hours of an outage.

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Pepco Workers To Vote On Contract Wednesday

Members of the Electrical Workers Union employed by Pepco will vote Wednesday on whether to except a new contract, or try to force the utility's hand with a strike.

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The Future Of Driving

A new California law allows self-driving cars on state roads. Proponents promise computer-controlled vehicles will reduce accidents and congestion. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss the future of driving in the digital age.


Printing Solar Panels In The Backyard

With crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter, a team of inventors are building a Solar Pocket Factory: a machine designed to print micro solar panels--like the ones used in phone chargers and garden lights. Co-inventor Shawn Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the machine works.

Pennsylvania Museum Details State's First Oil Rush

Pennsylvania is in the midst of an energy boom — but oil and gas drilling isn't new to the Keystone State. In fact, the world's very first oil well was drilled in northwestern Pennsylvania. The recently-renovated Drake Well Museum tells the story of the first oil rush.

Shell Gives Up Drilling For Arctic Oil This Year

Shell has announced it's giving up on its hope of drilling for oil in the Arctic this year because of problems with its oil containment barge. It's the latest in a series of setbacks to Shell's multibillion dollar gamble to make drilling in the Arctic profitable and environmentally safe. It's still hoping to try again next year.