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Several Turkish cities hit by power outage

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power.

The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, TEIAS, cited a problem at the Turkey's electricity power transmission network for the worst blackout in Turkey in several years.

About 1,000 workers fired from South African power plant

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — About 1,000 workers have been fired following an illegal strike that halted construction at an already delayed but much needed power plant in South Africa, a spokesman for the state-owned power utility said on Friday.

Even more workers may be dismissed as a result of an investigation into the illegal strike staged by more than 3,000 workers that began Wednesday, said Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe. The illegal strike led to a day and half's work lost at Medupi, one of three new power plants expected to end rolling blackouts in South Africa.

Grid targeted by frequent attacks

Source: 
USA Today

A USA Today analysis of federal energy records finds that the country's electric grid is the target of attack – either physical or cyber -– every four days.

Indiana regulators open investigation into manhole blasts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Utility regulators ordered an investigation into an Indianapolis power company's network failures Friday, a day after a series of underground explosions sent manhole covers hurtling through the air in a heavily traveled section of the city's downtown.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission convened a brief emergency meeting to announce the investigation. Similar probes were ordered after blasts in 2011, including one that rattled the Statehouse, and last year.

Underground blasts fire Indianapolis manhole covers into air

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Underground explosions caused by electrical arcing shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month.

Indianapolis Power & Light officials said Thursday that the arcing — electrical current jumping a gap in a circuit — occurred in 120-volt underground cables and caused the system to short-circuit.

Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

WASHINGTON (AP) — A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said.

So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

South Africa's power blackouts generate frustration, humor

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Driving home through dead traffic lights to a half-cooked dinner is the new normal in South Africa, where rolling power blackouts have become a common drudgery. The government warns that forced outages will continue for years.

South Africa's electricity grids are overloaded, forcing the state-run power supplier to cut electricity to certain areas, it says.

Solar eclipse will test Germany's green power grid

BERLIN (AP) — Will next week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

Experts say the country's electricity grid, which relies increasingly on renewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and block up to 82 percent of its light across Germany.

Energy Department studying cybersecurity risks for transformers

Source: 
E&E

The Energy Department is examining large power transformers, officials have told E&E, probing their vulnerability and determining whether it’s necessary to stockpile emergency equipment to help the grid recover in the event of an attack.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Johnson, White House seek to close gaps on cybersecurity legislation

The White House and a key Senate Republican are optimistic about progress on cybersecurity legislation this year, hoping to find common ground on thorny issues like industry liability and improved threat reporting.

Speaking at USTelecom’s National Cybersecurity Policy Forum on Friday, both White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Ari Schwartz and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., agreed there is need for congressional action to improve information sharing to prevent cyberattacks and improve security across several industries, including the energy sector.

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