Facing the San Onofre nuclear plant retirement, the California Energy Commission is exploring options for keeping the grid running smoothly in southern California, which include the quick construction of a backup natural gas-fired plant, Platts reports.
Generator outages prompted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to issue a conservation alert Thursday afternoon, which the grid operator said was enough to head off the need for rolling blackouts, The Associated Press reports.
The operator of the PJM Interconnection transmission system is warning that more rapid retirement of older power plants prompted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could put a strain on its grid, Platts reports.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — It will take about three to four weeks to restore power on Saipan following damage from Typhoon Soudelor, according to the island's Commonwealth Utilities Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The destructive typhoon struck the island last weekend, destroying homes, toppling trees and snapping utility poles, reported the Pacific Daily News.
U.S. cyberdefense officials told the General Accountability Office that a hacking attack on utility infrastructure has them most worried, putting the issue front and center at two conferences this week, National Journal reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is proposing rules that would require utilities and the coordinating North American Electric Reliability Corp. to beef up defenses against computer malware and hacking, E&E reports.
The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing: "Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse." Witnesses include Joseph McClelland from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.
Quebec authorities this month arrested a 53-year-old man and charged him in connection with a power outage last December that they say was caused by his dropping objects on transmission lines from a plane, E&E reports.
Eight electric power and energy companies – including Duke Energy, Exelon Corp., and Southern Co. – say they are forming an independent group, Grid Assurance, which will buy and stockpile critical grid components, such as transformers and circuit breakers, to be made available in the event of major failures in the transmission network, E&E reports.
A group of 13 states led by North Dakota is pressing for a federal judge's injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule to take effect nationwide after the agency said it would enforce the rule in states not involved in an initial lawsuit, The Hill reports.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said he's willing to support ending the Commerce Department ban on crude oil exports if the policy change is accompanied by other actions to promote clean energy and address climate change, FuelFix reports.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, told voters in San Antonio that the U.S. should behave like an "energy rich country" and lift the ban on crude exports, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
White House Senior Adviser Brian Deese has spearheaded the Obama administration's climate agenda during his first six months on the job, and plans to play an active role in upcoming budget battles with Congress and December's United Nations climate talks in Paris, E&E reports.
A new report from Citigroup says that large natural gas discoveries in Egypt and Iran could reduce demand for liquefied natural gas in the Middle East, limiting opportunities in the market for U.S. producers looking to export, Bloomberg reports.
Gas stations are an increasingly tempting target for credit card information thieves and other fraudsters, The Wall Street Journal reports, prompting both the credit card and fuel industries to move more quickly on defensive actions.
French state-owned nuclear company EDF announced it would delay construction of a next-generation nuclear plant in Flamanville for another year, citing a new increase in cost, The Financial Times reports.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will delay until Sept. 17 its decision to approve or reject Shell's proposed takeover of U.K.-based BG Group; the deal was approved by the European Commission on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.