Icy blast shuts down power across heartland

The snow and ice caused power outages and made travel dangerous in parts of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as a slow-moving cold front moved eastward, a Reuters report said Wednesday. Temperatures stayed in the 20s in much of the region and freezing rain or snow continued to fall steadily.

Dec. 22, 2000–U.S. government forecasters Thursday raised long-term projections for electricity demand to 1.8%/year between 1999-2020, up from 1.3% for the same period in a year-ago forecast.

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