polar vortex

The Polar Vortex and the Power Grid: What Really Happened and Why the Grid will Remain Reliable Without Soon-to-Retire Coal Plants

May 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Polar Vortex and the Grid

In the grip of the “Polar Vortex,” much of the nation experienced an extremely cold winter. The good news is that despite record electricity demand and some of the coldest weather in 20 years, power companies and grid operators kept the lights and heat on.[read more]

Winter Electricity Price Spikes Put Clean Currents Out of Business

February 9, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Winter Electricity Prices

The polar vortex weather phenomenon may have passed weeks ago, but the effects are still rippling through the power industry. The most recent victim is the severely affected Clean Currents, a green energy retailer that operated in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.[read more]

Extreme Weather, the Jet Stream, and Global Warming [VIDEO]

February 1, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Jet Stream and Extreme Weather

With the eastern half of the United States under a deep freeze and the phrase “polar vortex” making the rounds, we circle back around to the discussion of climate vs. weather and get a grasp on how the jet stream works in this video from The Film Archive.[read more]

The Polar Vortex Wreaks Havoc On Utility Bills

January 31, 2014 by Veronique Bugnion

Polar Vortex and Home Energy Cost

2014 brought the polar vortex to our vocabulary, and with the continuing bitter cold in the Eastern half of the US, most of us are wondering: what’s going to happen to our utility bills? The short answer is that it’s not going to be pleasant in the near term, and probably not in the longer term either.[read more]