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  • Electricity Goes to Market

    Building intelligence into the power grid would make electricity cheaper and more reliable. The technology-from self-monitoring power lines to giant transistors-is ready to go. But no one has an incentive to foot the bill.

  • Getting Over Oil

    Years of cheap oil have slowed energy innovation to a crawl. A new Middle East crisis could change that.

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