San Jose substation hit again

The New York Times

The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.

Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.

Neighborhoods in Egypt sink into darkness for hours during the day, leaving millions without power. The crisis has caused water cuts, affected hospitals and cut communications as many had difficulty recharging their mobile phones.

Parts of the capital lose power numerous times a day, plunging entire neighborhoods into darkness for an hour or more each time.

FERC well positioned to monitor carbon rule impact on grid: LaFleur


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in a good position to monitor the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon rule on the country’s electricity grid and no changes are needed, chair Cheryl LaFleur told E&E in an interview, although she said further along in the process FERC could issue a white paper outlining its role.

Power glut to blame as RWE to shut 3 more plants in Germany

The Wall Street Journal

Subsidized renewable energy has grown so much in Germany that there’s an electricity glut, which is why RWE – trying to shore up shrinking profits -- says it will shut down three more power plants on top of the 10 already set for closure, and CEO Peter Terium is warning about future threats to the country’s energy security, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Mass. lawmakers’ energy measure failure delays New England regional plan


A plan agreed by regional governors to change ISO New England’s tariff to help pay for pipelines and transmission lines has been delayed by the failure of the Massachusetts legislature to approve an energy measure pushed by Gov. Deval Patrick, E&E reports.

California utility to pay $12 million over 2011 blackout

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In a settlement announced last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Imperial Irrigation District, a customer-owned utility operating in southern California near the Mexican border, agreed to pay $3 million to the U.S. Treasury and $9 million more for improvements to the local grid in the wake of a regional blackout in September 2011, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Analysis: Again, attention turns to Honorable

The departure of John Norris from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would open the door for President Barack Obama to do what many expected last year -- tap  Colette Honorable to leave Little Rock and come to Washington.

Honorable, the chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and the head of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, on Wednesday declined comment on a report attributed to anonymous sources that Norris will step down from FERC and that she is in line for the job.

Norris and the White House were also staying mum, though none issued denials, either.

Few would be surprised by either move.

Solar flare hit a satellite in 2012: NASA

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


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


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.


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