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.
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.
Launching personal attacks on environmental activists and celebrity supporters should be part of the oil and gas industry strategy if it wants to fight for expanded drilling, according to advice from consultant Richard Berman as he drums up support for his "Big Green Radicals" PR campaign, The New York Times reports.
The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.
In an effort to maintain Democratic control of the Senate, environmental groups are supporting some backers of the Keystone XL pipeline –- like Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina -– as well as fracking supporter Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Word that OPEC has boosted its crude output to a 14-month high sent oil prices plunging again early Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery dropped 1 percent, or 81 cents, to $80.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was down 93 cents to $85.31, Bloomberg reports.
A tentative settlement Cheniere Energy has reached with shareholders over lawsuits would block executives from receiving shares authorized in February 2013 but not paid out, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.
Robert MacLean –- now a solar power consultant after he was fired by the Department of Homeland Security for leaking information about the air marshal program -– says many federal employees, including those in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy and Interior, could be affected by the outcome of his lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court, E&E reports.
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.