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America's powerful thirst for electricity

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Can current electricity capacity keep pace with summer's demand?

VIDEO REPORT
How do you use electricity? Let CNN's Garrick Utley count the ways.
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VIDEO REPORT
It's a complicated route from the power plant to your house. CNN's Frank Buckley takes a look.
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August 2, 1999
Web posted at: 9:43 p.m. EDT (0143 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- This summer's brutal heat wave sent many people running indoors to find relief in the cooler air provided by air conditioners. That demand strained power systems, resulting in brownouts and blackouts.

Until they are suddenly without power, many Americans do not realize how many ways they use electricity during the day when they tune in, turn on and plug in.

Watch these video reports for more.



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