As many electric utilities look to boost defenses against cyberattacks, Energy Department data from the past four years show that they account for less than two percent of total disturbances, as weather and physical attacks are the largest culprits, an E&E analysis reports.
The Obama administration should continue implementing policies that will help bolster grid security, but Congress will also need to pass legislation to ensure the continued integrity of the power system, according to recommendations by think tank researchers.
The independent Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress released its report on Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid on Tuesday.
WalletHub, a consumer price rating website, reported that Colorado has lowest energy bills across electricity, natural gas and vehicle fuel measures with an total average of $301 per month, followed by Washington State and Montana, Denver Business Journal reports.
The Hill examines the growing threat to the nation's energy infrastructure from cyber threats and the efforts by government agencies, energy companies and private security firms to protect power lines, refining facilities and pipelines.
Customers would benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to an analysis being released Monday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' summer meeting in Dallas.
“The impacts on electricity rates from well-designed CO2-pollution control programs will be modest in the near term, and can be accompanied by long-term benefits in the form of lower electricity bills and positive economic value to state and regional economies,” the report by the Analysis Group said, echoing EPA’s own analysis of its carbon rule.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a drone permit for Sempra utility San Diego Gas and Electric, which the company claims will make it the first utility to win permission to use the technology, FuelFix reports.
The company that operates the United Kingdom's grid projected climate regulations due in 2016 will result in the shutdown of most of the country's coal plants, leaving just three in use by 2023, Bloomberg reports.
Six mostly gas-fueled power plants in Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina are changing hands, with a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners buying them from Calpine for $1.6 billion, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, FuelFix reports.
Rhea Suh -- an Interior assistant secretary who became the target of Republican anger during spring confirmation hearings – is leaving the government to become the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental group that some in the GOP charge is the driving force behind the administration’s carbon rule, The Washington Post reports.
Adviser John Podesta says President Obama will back initiatives that help countries build their resilience in the face of risks from climate change when he attends the U.N.’s climate summit in New York next week, National Journal reports.
The sanctions package up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday is aimed at companies -- like Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell -- that finance unconventional oil projects in Russia, including drilling in the Arctic, in deep water and in shale, Platts reports.
A report from the Energy Information Administration showing a spike in U.S. inventories last week pressured oil prices Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 46 cents to settle at $94.42 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dipped 8 cents to $98.97, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron came up empty after investing money and scientists’ time in the search for commercially viable ways to get fuel from feedstocks, CEO John Watson told the Economic Club of Minnesota Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Environmentalists are encouraged by a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Colorado last week, which scrapped Obama administration moves to expand coal leasing on federal lands and also said regulators had to explain why they weren’t using a calculation on the social cost of carbon in making their decisions, E&E reports.
Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.
By 2050 the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials could end up as islands in a flooded Potomac River, under a scenario envisioned in a report issued by the Climate Central research group, according to The New York Times.