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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A draft agreement on tax extenders being negotiated by lawmakers –- which would, among other things, phase out the Production Tax Credit for wind energy -– also would face a veto from President Obama, according to an email from a White House spokeswoman, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency will have to wait on moves to restrict development of Pebble Mine, as Judge H. Russel Holland has issued a preliminary injunction against them, Alaska Public Radio reports.
As representatives from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Mexico failed to agree on production cuts ahead of the OPEC meeting later this week, oil prices resumed their slide Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for January delivery plunged 2.2 percent, or $1.69, to $74.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent tumbled $1.35 to $78.33, Bloomberg reports.
At a national average of $2.81 a gallon, Thanksgiving gasoline prices haven’t been this low since 2009, according to the AAA, which says that could trigger more than a 4 percent increase in people driving over the holiday, FuelFix reports.
On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.
Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s coal-leasing program, The Hill reports.
At least four small earthquakes have shaken the Dallas area since the weekend, and SMU seismologist Brian Stump told NBCDFW it’s possible they could be linked to fluid accumulating in wastewater injector wells in the region over the past decades.
People’s views about the scientific basis of climate change don’t change even when they’re confronted with extreme weather events, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Los Angeles Times reports.