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A Drought's Impact On Our Energy Grid

Record-setting droughts in the Midwest and South are threatening more than crops: half of the nation's water goes to cooling power plants.

NPR

Pa. Town Chases New Energy Dream After Oil Bails

Marcus Hook, Pa., had been a refinery town for 109 years. But caught in big changes to the world of energy, the plant shut down last winter. Now the community's young mayor wants to reinvent the community as a hub for the natural gas industry.
NPR

Ford's Little Engine That Could Challenge Hybrids

Ford Motor Co.'s new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is one of the smallest on the vehicle market. The engine offers fuel economy numbers a hybrid could envy, but are American drivers ready to embrace a three-cylinder engine?
WAMU 88.5

Berliner: Pepco Rate Increase Best Consumers Could Get

Maryland state regulators rejected Pepco's call for a 4 percent rate increase in favor of a much more modest bump in fees. Montgomery County council president Roger Berliner says that was the best ratepayers could do.

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Commission Denies Pepco Rate Increase Request

The Maryland Public Service Commission denied Pepco's request for a 4 percent rate increase, citing the utility's history of poor performance, even as thousands remain without power.

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