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Restoring Power: What Houston Learned From Ike

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Remotely controlled switches on power pole in Houston.
Five years ago this week, much of Houston was without electricity. Hurricane Ike had ripped-down power lines as the storm's winds exceeded a hundred miles an hour. Would another hurricane put 2 million utility customers in the dark for days as Ike did?
“We had removed over 37,000 [trees] last year and this year, I think we’re on target for not that many, but                                           thousands of trees”

                                                                                             —David Baker is in charge of maintaining power lines at CenterPoint Energy

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...