In the summer of 2003, 10 million people in the Northeast suffered through an electricity blackout due to a system-wide failure. What can prevent even more such problems as demand for electricity continues to outpace the grid’s ability to handle the flow? Well according to a recent article by energy analyst William Yeatman, one answer may be to simply lessen government control over electricity, and allow for real competition to bring needed reform. Giving incentives for more off-peak power usage, having independent producers team up to build new underground networks, and promoting new micro-turbines that could bypass the grid altogether are just a few market ideas that could juice up America’s electricity supply.

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