The Pacific Northwest is suffering from too much of a good thing — electricity. It was a snowy winter and a wet spring, and there's lots of water behind the dams on the Columbia River, creating an oversupply of hydropower.
A Chicago-based energy company wants to build a 130-turbine wind farm in east-central Illinois.Jim McMahon, Board Chairman of Vermilion County, says Invenergy has submitted a permit application to put more than 100 turbines there.
Commonwealth Edison customers could be overpaying by $189 million dollars. That's according to a study released Tuesday by the Citizens Utility Board."I think the report we released is good news and bad news," said David Kolata, CUB executive director.
The nation's electrical grid is getting old, not just in its infrastructure, but in the technology used to run it. In this segment, Ira Flatow and guests discuss the grid, its problems, and how new technology can be used to make the grid "smarter." Will consumers sign on?