Adding more wind and solar power to generate electricity will require massive upgrades to the nation's power grid and storage capacity, and operators warn that a hasty change will threaten stability, the Los Angeles Times reports.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The head of New Jersey's largest utility company and other officials involved in planning for February's Super Bowl said Thursday they have taken numerous measures to ensure there will be no repeat of the power failure that caused a delay at this year's game in New Orleans.
At a meeting with reporters at MetLife Stadium, they laid out plans for the Feb. 2 game, which will be the first Super Bowl ever played outside at a cold-weather venue. Chief among their concerns was avoiding the type of system failure that occurred at the Superdome last February when a partial outage caused a 34-minute delay in the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Japan's upper house approved legislation that would significantly reform the nation's electricity sector by developing a national power grid and limiting the power of regional utilities over transmission, Reuters reports.
The Interior Department on Tuesday gave a green light to most of the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a 990-mile link in Wyoming and Idaho that is to bring renewable energy to market.
The 1,500 megawatt project is among seven transmission proposals that have been given high priority status by the Obama administration for faster approvals. Proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, it would cross about 500 miles of public lands.
Consultancy Black & Veatch said its survey of utilities found many have not adopted cybersecurity programs despite increasing awareness of the threat hackers pose to vulnerable infrastructure, FuelFix reports.
Senior Energy Department official Bill Bryan said the department is still working to run down all of the problems in the power grid that emerged during last year's Hurricane Sandy, and wants to boost reliability and resiliency to counter the effects of climate change, The Hill reports.
Power generated by the planned Hancock Wind project in Maine will be sold to Burlington Electric Department in Vermont, according to a deal announced Friday by wind farm operator First Wind, the Boston Globe reports.
Virginia's has moved closer to its goal of setting up a research turbine on the Outer Continental Shelf off the state's coast to gather wind data, now that BOEM has found no competing interests in the area, Newsplex.com reports.
ConocoPhillips said Friday it will set aside more than half of its $16.7 billion budget next year for North American shale projects, adding that it expects to hit its production target of 1,600 barrels a day, Reuters reports.
Cheniere's soaring share price hit a new record high Thursday and then again on Friday, following news of a deal to supply natural gas to Indonesia from a Corpus Christi facility that's still in the planning stages, according to Fuelfix.
Solaria has filed suit against a federal agency, seeking nearly $30 million after the Overseas Private Investment Corp. walked away from a deal with the California solar firm despite signing a commitment letter offering financing.
U.S. oil prices will remain relatively low and demand will increase, according to a Goldman Sachs analyst, who predicts the commodity cycle dominated by strong demand from China and India will turn "upside down," Reuters reports.
A Colorado State University professor says the oil and gas industry has helped the state recover from the recession, according to the Reporter-Herald, though not without social and environmental costs.