It wouldn't hurt the reliability of the PJM Interconnection to shift to getting 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources if it invests in adequate transmission, according to a consultant study, E&E reports.
Egypt's current winter blackouts have some observers worried for more of the same in summer, where the nation's next leader, soon to be elected, may have to contend with backlash from electricity cuts and gas shortages, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Though last year's rifle attack on a PG&E substation near San Jose, Calif., has brought more scrutiny to the issue, there have been numerous recorded gun attacks on electric utility infrastructure in recent years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect about 330,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and utility companies predicted most would have their power back within hours.
The biggest portion remained in the Philadelphia suburbs, where many schools were closed for a third day, and a utility company warned that tens of thousands of their customers may have to wait days more.
"Based on the damage that we're seeing, we believe there could be some of the most extensive jobs that we're working on that we would be working on beyond the weekend and into the very early part of next week," PECO spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez said at midday Friday.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans spent a second chilly day without electricity Thursday as utility crews from as far away as Canada and Arkansas scrambled to restore power lost when a heavy coating of ice took down trees and limbs in the mid-Atlantic.
State officials likened the scope of the damage to a hurricane. Some who might not get power back for several days sought warmth — or at least somewhere to recharge their batteries — in shopping malls, public libraries and hastily established shelters.
Nearly a half-million customers were without electricity Thursday, the vast majority of them in Pennsylvania.
Winter-weary residents of the Northeast contended with another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday. The second winter storm of the week canceled classes, closed government and business offices, and caused more than 1 million power outages across the region after wreaking similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. Around a foot of snow fell in some states. Combined with freezing rain and sleet, the snow made driving treacherous. The storm was the second go-round for the Northeast since a good coating of snow fell Monday.
A regional grid operator has backed off its prediction that EPA emissions regulations could cut the Midwest's electricity reserve by more than half by 2016. Midcontinent Independent System Operator said Wednesday it still expects there to be a shortfall, but it will be closer to 14 percent.
At issue is how much electricity MISO will be able to keep as an emergency cushion in the Midwest once the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on mercury and toxics emissions go into effect in 2016, forcing retirement of older coal-fired power plants.
In its latest survey of generators, the projected reserve shortfall in its central and north regions has come down from about 8,500 megawatts, or 57.8 percent of the target reserve, to about 2,000 megawatts, or 13.6 percent.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's government says snow, cold and high winds are a natural disaster that has left a quarter of households without electricity and damaged over 40 percent of the Alpine country's forests.
Americans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a margin of nearly 3-to-1, although many have concerns about its environmental impact, according to a new poll commissioned by ABC and The Washington Post, the Post reports.
The major concern for the world's top oil company executives, gathered in Houston for the CERAWeek conference this week, appeared to be the soaring costs of exploration and production, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Administrator Gina McCarthy wouldn't say whether the EPA might consider a carbon rule for refineries, telling the CERAWeek conference Thursday that her agency's focus now remains on power plants, National Journal reports.
Oil companies aren't publishing all of the information they should in the FracFocus registry, according to a draft report by an Energy Department advisory panel, which also found errors in some of the data, FuelFix reports.