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    1. As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | National News | US News

      As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | National News | US News

      WHEN A PAIR OF DERECHOS dumped torrential rain and sent tornadoes spiraling across the mid-Atlantic in June 2013, uprooting trees and knocking out power for people in 18 states, Patricia Stevenson pitched in to keep her community running. With the electricity out for five days, neighbors in her rural West Virginia town couldn't use their fridges to keep food cool. They couldn't even power the well pumps. Stevenson, meanwhile, was apparently the only person for miles who had a gas generator. So they turned to her to draw water.

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    2. Microgrids and Energy Storage Create Sustainable Electricity Options in Face of Disaster

      Microgrids and Energy Storage Create Sustainable Electricity Options in Face of Disaster

      More than a month after Hurricane Maria lashed Puerto Rico, only about a quarter of the island's 3.5 million people have access to electricity. Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario estimates that 80 percent of electric transmission and distribution lines are down, leaving critical facilities such as hospitals and schools in the dark and infrastructure for water and communication without the power needed to operate. "Electricity is at the center of all economic activity and at the core of recovery after disaster," says Mark Lambrides, senior energy specialist for the Caribbean and Latin America at the World Bank. "When electricity is down, water systems, public safety, hospitals and businesses suffer."

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