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How New Jersey's Power Grid Managed to Beat the Summer Heat

Is the power grid getting more able to withstand extended heat waves, like the one that baked New Jersey with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least seven consecutive days last week?

How New Jersey's Power Grid Managed to Beat the Summer Heat

Is the power grid getting more able to withstand extended heat waves, like the one that baked New Jersey with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least seven consecutive days last week?

That's a question some are asking in the wake of the summer surge that saw heat indexes topping 100 degrees for several days, but relatively few power outages and fewer frantic calls on customers to conserve energy to avoid potential brownouts.

In the opinion of energy executives, power grid operators, and analysts, that performance can be traced to several factors, which reflect ways the energy sector has promoted reliability in recent years.

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