Power Plants Everywhere


What's a utility to do when it needs to keep the juice flowing but there's nothing left to squeeze? That's the thorny problem facing New York City as it girds for a summer that could potentially see rolling blackouts like California's. To stave off a meltdown in June, the city needs to have an extra 400 megawatts of electricity (enough to power 400,000 homes) available. But with all of New York's red tape, you can barely get a new power plant running in six years, let alone six months.

Fortunately, New York has come up with a last-ditch solution--which, surprisingly, may...

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