Pepco and the D.C. Department of Transportation have been given the go-ahead to start phase one of a 10-year plan to move power lines across the city underground.
The defense contractor promises nuclear fusion generators would be much smaller, about the size of a semi-truck.
Officials stress there is no danger to the public.
The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.
A report by Iran’s official news agency quotes the country’s nuclear chief saying the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers.
Virginia regulators have approved a request from Dominion Virginia Power to lower what it charges customers to recover its fuel costs early.
When Sandy first came on the radar last week, power companies had ample time to assemble emergency response crews.
Dominion Virginia Power estimates up to 1 million customers could lose power over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy barrels by Virginia.
From North Carolina to New Jersey, nearly 1.8 million people still without electricity were asking the same question Monday evening: Why will it take so long to get the lights back on?