The nation's electricity regulator has directed utilities to improve security at facilities where a physical attack could lead to blackouts across the power grid.
The order, issued late Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, follows the unresolved attack by snipers on a California electricity substation last year that the commission's former chairman has called a terrorist act.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says the launch this summer of new generating plants will ease high demand in the coming months that could require conservation measures.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Wednesday that one plant should be online in July, with the other three by Aug. 1.
At a conference reviewing ways to expand the nation's smart grid, industry officials found that communication between various devices appears to be a bigger challenge than getting consumers to accept smart meters, The Washington Post reports.
Lawmakers return to Washington this week to get their first look at a revised bipartisan Senate energy efficiency bill, one that sponsors hope will attract enough Republican support to win passage.
Details of the final bill were not yet completed, an aide to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. But the aide said she and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plan to re-introduce their bill later this week with the addition of bipartisan amendments proposed last fall during a brief floor debate on their original version.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday offered to help U.S. businesses protect their computer systems from cyberattacks that President Barack Obama called "one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces."
Administration officials warned during an event at the White House that an attack on critical sectors of the U.S. economy could put the entire country at risk.
"It boils down to this — in cybersecurity, the more systems we secure, the more secure we all are," said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. "We are all connected online and a vulnerability in one place can cause a problem in many other places."
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.
A group of 26 Senate Democrats including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., this evening will kick off an all-night talkathon to boost climate change urgency, with plans to keep speeches going until 9 a.m. Tuesday, The New York Times reports.
FuelCell Energy, Plug Power Inc. and Ballard Power, all manufacturers of fuel cells, posted significant gains on the Nasdaq today ahead of earnings reports expected to show the companies on the way to profitability, Bloomberg reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is in India today in an effort to soothe tensions from a diplomatic issue and trade dispute over solar panels, and to renew coordination on climate change and energy policy, E&E reports.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will hold a hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday, but no Obama administration witnesses are set to testify, National Journal reports.
A coalition of environmental groups is looking to sway Secretary of State John Kerry against the Keystone XL pipeline through praise, with some touting him as a leader on environmental issues and climate change, Bloomberg reports.
As part of a set of proposals outlining his plan for economic growth, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for lifting the nation's decades-old ban on crude oil exports and streamlining the review process for new natural gas pipelines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A white paper released by the Western Values Project argues the federal government must increase royalties for drilling on public land if it lifts the 39-year ban on crude oil exports, FuelFix reports.