As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones.
Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. But the idea of buying and installing one can still be daunting, mainly because there are so many variables to consider. Much depends on how much you want the generator to do.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing that schools would be closed on Tuesday.
Two hours of controlled rotating electricity outages affected the Rio Grande Valley in Texas Wednesday, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated the action after two power plants went offline, FuelFix reports.
“The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.
In the new world of electricity generation from renewables, “smart” inverters will give grid operators more than the basic tools they need to maintain stability, but there’s no guarantee necessary changes in technical standards will be timely enough, E&E reports.
Drillers need more cybersecurity protection, former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge told the Marcellus Shale Coalition conference Thursday, warning that the “barbarians” are already inside the gates, “exquisitely concealed,” the Tribune-Review reports.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says parts of the capital and seven western states were left without electricity after two generating plants had technical problems.
The blackout began at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Caracas and lasted about an hour. It caused traffic jams in parts of the capital as street lights stopped working and office buildings were evacuated, causing hundreds of people to walk in the middle of streets because sidewalks were overflowing.
A report from the New York Independent System Operator says distributed generation could ease potential electricity shortfalls predicted to hit southeastern New York in 2019, a year earlier than previous projections had indicated, according to Platts.
Riding the back of the oil boom, Halliburton reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the 3rd quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that CEO Dave Lesar predicted in a conference call Monday that the recent drop in oil prices would be temporary.
Skepticism about OPEC agreeing to cut oil production pressured prices again Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery slipped 4 cents to settle at $82.71 a barrel on the Nymex, but in London December Brent lost 76 cents to end at $85.40, Bloomberg reports.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
Despite industry support for the GOP bid to take over control of the Senate, oil and gas companies are still giving substantial donations to the re-election effort of Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Reuters reports.
One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.
With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.
Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.