Duke scrambling to cope with N.C. power outages

News & Observer

Duke Energy has warned that power won’t be restored to most of its customers affected by a snow storm in North Carolina until midnight Friday, the News & Observer reports.

Report finds little consistency in states’ cybersecurity policies


With cybersecurity high on the agenda at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners meeting in Washington this week, the National Regulatory Research Institute prepared a report that found states vary widely in their regulation of utilities’ cybersecurity defenses, E&E reports.

Energy Department

Moniz optimistic about energy infrastructure legislation

The Obama administration’s top energy policy official is voicing optimism that Congress can fashion legislation to update the nation's aging energy infrastructure amid growing cybersecurity and reliability concerns.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told Tuesday’s session of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners that key energy leaders in Congress have expressed interest in moving on infrastructure after the release of his department's first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review.

Oil-rich Kuwait gets power back on after widespread blackout

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A country known for its vast energy wealth just couldn't keep the lights on — at least for a short while.

A sweeping blackout that struck the tiny but oil-rich Kuwait on Wednesday evening knocked out lights even at the international airport, brought out the amateur comedians on social media and got lawmakers Thursday asking why so much of the OPEC nation suddenly went dark.

Storm heads toward Northeast after blanketing Midwest

BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm is bringing its fury to the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

The weather system moved slowly eastward overnight through the Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania and western New York state. Then it went into New England, where residents had celebrated the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory days after digging out from a massive storm that brought from 1 to 3 feet of snow to some areas.

Storm to reignite debate on Northeast’s energy infrastructure


The discussion over new pipelines and transmission lines to add power capacity in the Northeast could get a fresh boost from the winter storm that was sweeping through the region Tuesday, E&E reports.

Santa Ana winds knock out power to thousands in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday's outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.


Demand response helped Northeast survive polar vortex: FERC

Demand response programs, which cut peak electricity use, helped the Northeast get through the "polar vortex" cold wave last winter without blackouts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported Tuesday.

"Demand response resources made significant contributions to balancing supply and demand during the late 2013 and early 2014 extreme cold weather events and helped preserve Eastern RTO and ISO reserve levels," FERC staff said in an annual report to Congress on the programs and the prevalence of smart meters.

Several US government buildings lose power

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been lights out for several government buildings in Washington. Authorities were blaming a blown transformer and a construction mishap for the problem.

The State Department says a power line serving its headquarters was severed in a construction accident Monday morning. Emergency generators allowed some staff to keep working, but others were sent to work from different offices or home.

Wild storm soaks California, thousands lose power

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.


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