Reliability

Solar flare hit a satellite in 2012: NASA

Source: 
National Journal

NASA has released a report on the solar flare that hit a satellite two years ago, saying that if it has actually hit the Earth, it would have caused widespread blackouts, National Journal reports.

Sunday night storms bring 160,000 outages to Michigan

Source: 
MLive

A string of Sunday storms caused around 160,000 outages in the Detroit region, according to DTE Energy, which said it was "working around the clock" to get things fixed, MLive reports.

Balancing market growing in Germany to stabilize grid

Source: 
Bloomberg

More utilities are joining Germany’s balancing market, where the government pays them to add or cut power to the grid within seconds to balance out surges and drops caused by increasing reliance on wind and solar energy, Bloomberg reports.

Cybersecurity center to be created in Israel

Source: 
The Jerusalem Post

In September, Israeli firm Nation-E intends to launch an international cybersecurity center aimed at energy companies, which will provide ways for firms to test microgrids, smart meters and other grid-connected devices, founder and CEO Daniel Jammer told The Jerusalem Post.

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. The device had wires connected to a small battery.

Typhoon cuts power to millions in Philippines

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Millions are without power in the Philippines after Typhoon Rammasun struck and killed at least 40, though Manila Electric Co. expects to return power on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

DOE data show cyberattacks not leading threat to electric utilities

Source: 
E&E

As many electric utilities look to boost defenses against cyberattacks, Energy Department data from the past four years show that they account for less than two percent of total disturbances, as weather and physical attacks are the largest culprits, an E&E analysis reports.

Tony Boon

Report urges congressional action to secure power grid

The Obama administration should continue implementing policies that will help bolster grid security, but Congress will also need to pass legislation to ensure the continued integrity of the power system, according to recommendations by think tank researchers.

The independent Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress released its report on Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid on Tuesday.

Cybersecurity focus shifts to energy infrastructure

Source: 
The Hill

The Hill examines the growing threat to the nation's energy infrastructure from cyber threats and the efforts by government agencies, energy companies and private security firms to protect power lines, refining facilities and pipelines.

Arizona utility to pay $3.25M for 2011 blackout

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators say they've reached a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.

The settlement approved Monday between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona Public Service Co. is expected to be the first of several stemming from the blackout that involved a half-dozen utilities and grid operators.

The settlement requires APS to pay $2 million to the federal government and $1.25 million for improvements to the electrical grid.

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