Reliability

Michigan: Power restoration taking time after winds

Source: 
The Associated Press

High winds knocked out power to some 245,000 customers in southeastern Michigan around Ypsilanti Monday, and officials from DTE Energy Co. and CMS Energy Corp. told the Associated Press some 95,000 remained without electricity Tuesday morning.

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GOP energy chiefs urge FERC role on carbon rule

The Republican leaders of two energy committees in Congress on Monday called on federal grid regulators to bring in the Energy Department, utilities and state regulators to delve into potential electricity shortfalls stemming from the Obama administration's planned power plants carbon rule.

In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the three lawmakers said she should quickly hold a technical conference on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency rule, following a Dec. 1 agency comment deadline.

Margins slimming to retain reliability in winter: NERC

Source: 
Platts

The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.

FERC agrees rule on grid protection

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday adopted a new rule -– to be enforced in 2016 -- ordering utilities to identify key points that, if disrupted, would cause blackouts, and take steps to protect them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

NSA director: China can damage US power grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

The possibility of such cyberattacks by U.S. adversaries has been widely known, but never confirmed publicly by the nation's top cyber official.

Energy sector remains hacking target, studies find

Source: 
CNN

A variety of surveys and studies have determined that the energy sector, in many cases running on technology developed in the 1970s, remains vulnerable to computer hacking, CNN reports.

Future will see more urban blackouts: Researchers

Source: 
E&E

A paper from researchers in England and New Zealand, published in the Journal of Urban Technology, predicts more frequent blackouts as intensifying power demand strains vulnerable grids, E&E reports.

Some Maine towns in dark as election approaches

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Thousands of Maine voters — and possibly some polling places — are expected to be in the dark after a powerful storm knocked out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses.

A storm Sunday lashed the state with 50 mph gusts of wind and dumped more than a foot of snow in places.

A Central Maine Power spokesman says there are no assurances that all polling places will have electricity on Election Day.

Bangladesh power back on after nationwide blackout

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said.

The country's energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may arise would be for "local reasons," Junior Power Minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters.

Britain warns of tighter winter power supply

Source: 
BBC

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.

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