Pueblo, Colo. residents struggling with higher utility bills

The Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on problems in Pueblo, Colo., where Black Hills Power, the utility servicing local residents, moved away from coal-fired generation and Xcel, the utility that built a new coal-fired plant in the area, stopped selling power locally and people were left scrambling to cover soaring bills.

Expect more high winter electricity prices in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic: ConEd


It will take years to improve the natural gas pipeline infrastructure to free the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states from winter spikes in electricity prices, according to an analysis from a unit of N.Y. utility Consolidated Edison, Platts reports.

MISO June prices dive, but still ahead of 2013


Midcontinent Independent System Operator, in figures to be discussed with stakeholders Tuesday, says its power prices dropped substantially in June because there was less congestion and more generators available, although the numbers were still higher than levels a year earlier, Platts reports.

Mexican power plant, pipeline projects to go to contract this year: CFE


CFE, Mexico’s national power company, says it will seek bidders on $2.8 billion worth of projects in the north, near the U.S. border, this year, including two plants, two natural gas pipelines and an electricity transmission line, Reuters reports.

Cybersecurity center to be created in Israel

The Jerusalem Post

In September, Israeli firm Nation-E intends to launch an international cybersecurity center aimed at energy companies, which will provide ways for firms to test microgrids, smart meters and other grid-connected devices, founder and CEO Daniel Jammer told The Jerusalem Post.

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. The device had wires connected to a small battery.

Typhoon cuts power to millions in Philippines

The Wall Street Journal

Millions are without power in the Philippines after Typhoon Rammasun struck and killed at least 40, though Manila Electric Co. expects to return power on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

FERC turns down industry proposal to boost grid security

The Wall Street Journal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a proposal submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to boost grid security, saying its guidelines for utilities to protect their power stations need strengthening, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Polish power plant leaks fuel, threatens river

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A malfunction at a Polish power plant on Wednesday caused a leakage of fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.

A spokesman for the plant, Piotr Ludwiczak, said about nine tons of the fuel, an oily substance used in combustion called mazut, escaped from the plant.

EIA projects power plant growth will decline


The Energy Information Administration projected that the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts worth of new electric generation by 2040, marking a decline in annual generation growth, FuelFix reports.


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