With cybersecurity high on the agenda at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners meeting in Washington this week, the National Regulatory Research Institute prepared a report that found states vary widely in their regulation of utilities’ cybersecurity defenses, E&E reports.
The Obama administration’s top energy policy official is voicing optimism that Congress can fashion legislation to update the nation's aging energy infrastructure amid growing cybersecurity and reliability concerns.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told Tuesday’s session of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners that key energy leaders in Congress have expressed interest in moving on infrastructure after the release of his department's first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A country known for its vast energy wealth just couldn't keep the lights on — at least for a short while.
A sweeping blackout that struck the tiny but oil-rich Kuwait on Wednesday evening knocked out lights even at the international airport, brought out the amateur comedians on social media and got lawmakers Thursday asking why so much of the OPEC nation suddenly went dark.
BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm is bringing its fury to the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.
The weather system moved slowly eastward overnight through the Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania and western New York state. Then it went into New England, where residents had celebrated the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory days after digging out from a massive storm that brought from 1 to 3 feet of snow to some areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday's outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
Demand response programs, which cut peak electricity use, helped the Northeast get through the "polar vortex" cold wave last winter without blackouts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported Tuesday.
"Demand response resources made significant contributions to balancing supply and demand during the late 2013 and early 2014 extreme cold weather events and helped preserve Eastern RTO and ISO reserve levels," FERC staff said in an annual report to Congress on the programs and the prevalence of smart meters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been lights out for several government buildings in Washington. Authorities were blaming a blown transformer and a construction mishap for the problem.
The State Department says a power line serving its headquarters was severed in a construction accident Monday morning. Emergency generators allowed some staff to keep working, but others were sent to work from different offices or home.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.
In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.