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Niamey has been without electricity since the beginning of May as the main electric utility contends with a severe supply shortage, Xinhau reports.
The city could provide power to 55 essential buildings even if the main grid is knocked offline, Smart Grid News reports.
New research warns New York, Philadelphia and other Atlantic and Gulf Coast cities to brace for more power outages as climate change strengthens storms, ThinkProgress reports.
Researchers at IBM India found that used laptop batteries can power slum dwellings and vendor carts in developing cities, MIT Technology Review reports.
A socially conscious business founded by idealistic Australians empowers Indian entrepreneurs to market solar lamps to slum dwellers, according to the United Nations.