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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Power Grid
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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Power Grid

The power comes on with the flip of a switch. Electricity delivered wherever you are is a marvel of engineering, but the complex and aging infrastructure behind it is in dire need of repair.

Investigate nine things you probably didn’t know about our electrical grid — but that you should. And now you will.

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