Reliability

California regulators mull reliability options

Source: 
Platts

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.

ERCOT: Conservation demand sufficient to keep Texas lights on

Source: 
The Associated Press

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.

Grid operator warns carbon rule could strain system

Source: 
Platts

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.

Saipan power restoration 3-4 weeks, some villages have water

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.

Ominous warnings about cyber threat to utilities

Source: 
National Journal

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.

FERC makes cybersecurity push with new rules for utilities

Source: 
E&E

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.

Senate hearing on protecting the grid from storm, pulse threats

Washington, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

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.

California grid operator urges customers to cut back power usage

Source: 
KRON

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 man arrested after causing power outage

Source: 
E&E

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.

Power companies joining to stockpile key parts

Source: 
E&E

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.

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