Electricity

Bangladesh power back on after nationwide blackout

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said.

The country's energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may arise would be for "local reasons," Junior Power Minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters.

Capacity market talks set for NY, FERC next week

Source: 
Reuters

The capacity market and infrastructure improvements will be the topics of discussion at a conference between New York officials and representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 5, Reuters reports.

Guam to build $589M power plant to comply with law

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Guam Power Authority is planning to build a $589 million power generator from scratch.

The Pacific Daily News reported Wednesday that the power authority plans to stop using its existing oil-burning power plants to comply with environmental regulations.

ConEd reaching to customers to manage demand in NYC

Source: 
E&E

With population and electricity demand increasing in outlying areas of Brooklyn and Queens, local utility Consolidated Edison is asking and encouraging its customers to find ways to cut back consumption, through efficiency as well as distributed generation, in a manner in line with the New York State Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, E&E reports.

Britain warns of tighter winter power supply

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BBC

A loss of generators means that Britain has only 4 percent spare electricity capacity to help it weather the winter months, compared to 5 percent last year and 17 percent three years ago, according to the seasonal outlook published by the country’s National Grid, BBC News reports.

Peer pressure can help cut electricity usage

Source: 
The Washington Post

Opower says pilot programs run in Vermont and Southern California over the summer, which involved contacting customers to ask them to go easier on their air conditioning and then reporting back to them on how much electricity they saved compared to their neighbors, cut usage by nearly 3 percent on a number of hot days, The Washington Post reports.

PJM to try and salvage demand response

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E&E

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves changes that PJM Interconnection will suggest to the rules, it’s possible the wholesale electricity market manager might find a way to keep a demand response program going despite legal challenges, E&E reports.

ComEd line gets OK from Illinois

Source: 
Platts

Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.

Solar flare knocks out some radio, grid OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.

Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch said it affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some radar and plane systems, but not all, and amateur radio.

Associated Press

Polar vortex pushed coal, higher CO2 emissions: EIA

Last year's frigid winter blast worsened propane shortages and threatened the electricity grid. Now it has the distinction of driving up U.S. energy-related carbon emissions for only the fourth time since 1990.

The Energy Department on Tuesday said greater heating demand boosted energy-related carbon emissions by 2.5 percent in 2013, to just under 5.4 billion metric tons.

The big contributor to those extra carbon emissions was coal, according to an annual report by the department's data wing, the Energy Information Administration.

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