Reliability

NY to see electricity shortfalls earlier: ISO

Source: 
Platts

A report from the New York Independent System Operator says distributed generation could ease potential electricity shortfalls predicted to hit southeastern New York in 2019, a year earlier than previous projections had indicated, according to Platts.

Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages, officials said Friday.

Govinda Pokhrel of Nepal's national planning commission said a Cabinet meeting endorsed a draft agreement late Thursday to allow the company to build the $1.15 billion power plant with a 900 megawatt capacity.

GMR executives are expected to fly to Nepal Friday and sign the final agreement with Nepalese officials.

Heat wave strains SoCal power grid

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that electrical usage peaked at nearly 6,400 megawatts Tuesday, straining the region’s power grid, as a relentless heat wave continued to grip, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nevada fire chiefs question smart meters

Source: 
The Associated Press

Two Nevada fire chiefs say they are concerned that smart meters may have been responsible for nine recent fires over the past two years, even though NV Energy has installed 1.1 million of them, The Associated Press reports.

Cal-ISO responds to heat wave

Source: 
Platts

The California Independent System Operator has directed its participants to limit maintenance in the Southern California region, as well as marshalling extra electricity generation throughout the state in response to additional demand caused by this week’s heat wave, Platts reports.

Riders briefly stuck during NJ amusement park outage

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A power outage at a New Jersey amusement park left some patrons briefly stuck on rides, but no injuries were reported.

Officials say a faulty transformer caused Sunday's outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township.

Annual summit debates NERC involvement in EPA carbon rule

Source: 
E&E

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told the annual summit organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that NERC should not “get caught up in the advocacy” surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, but other speakers said the NERC needs to speak up if it thinks grid reliability would be threatened, E&E reports.

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but not a problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights.

Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived on Earth at 9:55 a.m. EDT, and will continue disrupting the magnetic field through Saturday. It will likely only be noticed by specialized equipment.

Power outage hits Egypt subway, TV stations

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

ERCOT confident of Texas power supply

Source: 
Platts

Texas has enough generating capacity to handle autumn demand including potential emergencies, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Tuesday, adding that preliminary projections figure the same for winter as well, barring a period of unusually high demand that also coincides with fuel shortages, Platts reports.

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