As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones.
Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. But the idea of buying and installing one can still be daunting, mainly because there are so many variables to consider. Much depends on how much you want the generator to do.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing that schools would be closed on Tuesday.
Two hours of controlled rotating electricity outages affected the Rio Grande Valley in Texas Wednesday, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated the action after two power plants went offline, FuelFix reports.
“The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.
In the new world of electricity generation from renewables, “smart” inverters will give grid operators more than the basic tools they need to maintain stability, but there’s no guarantee necessary changes in technical standards will be timely enough, E&E reports.
Drillers need more cybersecurity protection, former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge told the Marcellus Shale Coalition conference Thursday, warning that the “barbarians” are already inside the gates, “exquisitely concealed,” the Tribune-Review reports.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says parts of the capital and seven western states were left without electricity after two generating plants had technical problems.
The blackout began at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Caracas and lasted about an hour. It caused traffic jams in parts of the capital as street lights stopped working and office buildings were evacuated, causing hundreds of people to walk in the middle of streets because sidewalks were overflowing.
Some ten percent of natural gas produced in drilling fields like those in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale – most of which is methane -- leaks into the atmosphere, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future, E&E reports.
An increase in a Chinese manufacturing index combined with faster-than-expected growth in European industrial activity helped boost oil prices early Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude gained 20 cents to $80.72 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude was up 25 cents to $84.96, Reuters reports.
California Resources Corp., a production unit that Occidental Petroleum Corp. is planning to spin off next month, saw a drop in net income to $188 million from July to September, which it attributed to lower crude prices and higher production costs, FuelFix reports.
Kinder Morgan’s $44 billion move to combine its companies will go to shareholders for a vote Nov. 20, the company said Wednesday, claiming the step “paves the way for superior growth,” FuelFix reports.
With $9.5 million laid out so far this year on lobbying -– according to figures in disclosure reports filed with the Senate –- Koch Industries has outspent Exxon Mobil and funneled significantly more into advocacy than it did in 2013, E&E reports.
Cabot Oil & Gas and Vera Scroggins return to court in Pennsylvania next week in another chapter of their long-running legal fight, with the 63-year-old anti-fracking activist potentially facing fines or time in prison, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
State Department energy envoy Amos Hochstein says the federal government won’t get involved in the dispute between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq over ownership of oil on board the tanker United Kalavrvta, which has been sitting off the coast of Galveston for months, Platts reports.