In September, Israeli firm Nation-E intends to launch an international cybersecurity center aimed at energy companies, which will provide ways for firms to test microgrids, smart meters and other grid-connected devices, founder and CEO Daniel Jammer told The Jerusalem Post.
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.
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.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators say they've reached a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.
The settlement approved Monday between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona Public Service Co. is expected to be the first of several stemming from the blackout that involved a half-dozen utilities and grid operators.
The settlement requires APS to pay $2 million to the federal government and $1.25 million for improvements to the electrical grid.
Subsidiaries of ITC Holdings, Duke Energy and NRG Energy have reported hacking incidents to the Department of Energy over the past year, involving a power plant and some transmission lines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Southern CEO Tom Fanning, who also acts as chair of the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council that interacts with government agencies on grid security issues, says the claim that the U.S. could be paralyzed by disabling a handful of substations doesn’t reflect “reality,” E&E reports.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce new rules covering oil train safety, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which says the plan has railroads concerned about possible speed restrictions and oil companies worried about limits on tank car volumes.
ABB, the Swiss engineering group, has posted a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit, a bigger loss than expected, dragged down by delays to solar power and offshore wind projects which have hurt the company’s power systems unit, Reuters reports.
Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.
Environmentalists concerned about fish kills at the Indian Point nuclear plant on New York’s Hudson River are raising just a few of the questions being discussed as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation opened hearings on renewing water quality permits for the facility, The New York Times reports.
Changes the Department of Energy is proposing to the way LNG export permits are handled will cause more delays and “regulatory uncertainty,” according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed with DOE, FuelFix reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for construction of LNG export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is being challenged by groups including the Sierra Club, which are asking the FERC for more environmental analysis, Platts reports.
The city of Wichita Falls is mixing treated wastewater with lake water to guarantee a continued flow into the taps of residents, but they are turning up their noses at the idea of drinking it, Reuters reports.
By the end of 2014 General Electric hopes to produce systems that generate electricity using a solid oxide fuel cell, now that it has opened a testing and research facility for the process in upstate New York, Bloomberg reports.
A full range of Defense Department operations -– from planning to training and infrastructure -– are affected by climate change, which officials are trying to counter with a pro-active approach to the situation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu told lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday.