| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Rick Pazier had to toss all the perfectly good steaks he’d bought for Independence Day due to a three-day power outage in his Midlothian neighborhood after Monday’s violent storms.
“It ruined everything I planned to barbecue,”...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:37 AM
A consulting firm that brokered a deal to supply electricity to a number of northwest suburban communities will be paid about 10 times more than the last firm that conducted the negotiations.
The increase coincides with a steep rise in electric rates...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:49 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:31 PM
WASHINGTON — As President Obama pushes ahead on a strategy for confronting climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids have struggled to attract customers. Perhaps this is because not enough people have driven an electrically powered car.
These cars are smooth and quiet, with excellent accelerator pedal response. Electric power...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The periodic blackouts in Cassina Tarsia's Oceanside neighborhood meant the 71-year-old couldn't charge her cellphone or electric wheelchair.
But outages aren't a problem anymore.
Since February, Tarsia's garage has housed a suitcase-sized battery...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:03 PM
In the middle of the night, when most Americans are sound asleep, their lights and appliances off, a power hog is wide awake and running at nearly full throttle: the boxes that operate their cable or satellite television service.
The seemingly innocuous...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:18 AM
I found business reporter Julie Wernau's story about out-of-control electricity supply rates both timely and informative. I also found comments in the story from Integrys Energy Services spokeswoman Jennifer Block warning consumers to be wary of...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:57 AM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she'd done her research when she selected Spark Energy in 2011 for her electricity. So she was taken aback earlier this year when her monthly rate suddenly jumped by 50 percent.
"When I realized it, I called Spark Energy to...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she’d done her research when she decided to sign up to have her Chicago home supplied with electricity from Spark Energy. She was surprised when her electricity rates suddenly jumped up by 50 percent.
| Jun 5, 2014
Rousing the public to do something about the growing federal debt is not easy. The dangers it poses are distant and vague. The immediate effects are not apparent. Any measure to cut deficits looks trivial next to the scale of the problem. Doing nothing is...