Storm to reignite debate on Northeast’s energy infrastructure


The discussion over new pipelines and transmission lines to add power capacity in the Northeast could get a fresh boost from the winter storm that was sweeping through the region Tuesday, E&E reports.

Santa Ana winds knock out power to thousands in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday's outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.


Demand response helped Northeast survive polar vortex: FERC

Demand response programs, which cut peak electricity use, helped the Northeast get through the "polar vortex" cold wave last winter without blackouts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported Tuesday.

"Demand response resources made significant contributions to balancing supply and demand during the late 2013 and early 2014 extreme cold weather events and helped preserve Eastern RTO and ISO reserve levels," FERC staff said in an annual report to Congress on the programs and the prevalence of smart meters.

Several US government buildings lose power

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been lights out for several government buildings in Washington. Authorities were blaming a blown transformer and a construction mishap for the problem.

The State Department says a power line serving its headquarters was severed in a construction accident Monday morning. Emergency generators allowed some staff to keep working, but others were sent to work from different offices or home.

Wild storm soaks California, thousands lose power

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.

ISO-New England: Region has enough stockpiles for winter


Numbers from its Winter Reliability program tell ISO-New England that sufficient resources are in place to keep the power on through the cold season, Platts reports, adding that a spokeswoman says the program is also encouraging more operators to give their generators dual-fuel capacity.

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Honorable breezes through FERC confirmation hearing

Arkansas electricity regulator Colette Honorable appeared to sail through a Senate hearing Thursday on her nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with senators pledging to push for a confirmation vote before lawmakers complete work for the year.

Honorable, a Democrat who would fill the seat of former commissioner John Norris, entered the hearing as a non-controversial choice. She chairs her state's Public Service Commission and is the past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

"I hope it will be possible to confirm her nomination before the session is over," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who oversaw the hearing for chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who was campaigning in advance of her runoff election on Saturday.

NY grid operator says it’s OK for winter demand


Peak demand for the coming winter in New York should hit 24,737 megawatts, lower than last year’s spike during the polar vortex, according to the New York Independent System Operator, which says it has plenty of capacity to handle that or even a number much larger, Platts reports.

National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change Day 2

Washington, December 3, 2014, 8:30 am

Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid hosts National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change, Day 2. White House counselor John Podesta to deliver morning keynote address. 

Operators confident, but winter could still pose power challenge in Northeast


Having made changes after last winter’s bitter cold, grid operators like PJM Interconnection say they are confident they have enough resources for electricity generation this season, although a forecast in the Northeast for frigid temperatures in late January and early February could pose a challenge, E&E reports.


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