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How will we keep the lights on?

By Nancy S. Grant from August 2014 Issue

How will we keep the lights on?

The cover of the report on electric reliability by Sen. Murkowski of Alaska shows a nighttime satellite photo of North America. The orange lines show the vast network of transmission lines that are the backbone of America's bulk power system.

The last time my lights did not come on was when severe thunderstorms blasted through my county. Driving through pelting rain and flashing lightning was scary and I was…
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