SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of households in Washington's second-largest city were surviving without electricity nearly a week after a wind storm ripped apart power lines, trees and the electrical grid.
Gov. Jay Inslee visited Spokane Tuesday to inspect damage from the worst windstorm in the region's history, promising to explore whether Spokane County qualifies for federal disaster assistance. The storm Nov. 17 packed gusts up to 70 mph that cracked trees and sent them crashing onto cars, killing three people in the state.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Janet Gray, one of thousands of people in the Spokane area still without power following a major windstorm, gave up living in her house when the thermostat hit 38 degrees and moved to a hotel.
Despite the cold, food she bought for Thanksgiving spoiled and she called off dinner plans with relatives who planned to travel from western Washington for the holiday.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who have been shivering for nearly a week without power after deadly storms swept through Washington state are bracing for snowfall Monday and the possibility of preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the dark.
A major windstorm last Tuesday damaged the electrical grid in Spokane, the state's second-largest city. Winds topping 70 mph in the Northwest snapped power poles, flooded roadways and homes, and toppled trees that crashed through roofs and crushed cars. Three people died when trees fell on their vehicles.
Gerry Cauley, head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., says an exercise his group ran this past week simulating a strike on the nation’s power system—which would have resulted in millions facing long-term power outages—was on a scale that would be very difficult for actual attackers to replicate, E&E reports.
SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Wednesday in Washington state after days of rain and a powerful storm Tuesday killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers.
The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths.
Real-time information sharing from the federal government would help the electricity industry defend against cyberattacks, an executive from FirstEnergy Service Company told a joint hearing of two House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees Wednesday, The Hill reports.
Changes made by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator following the frigid Polar Vortex weather pattern two years ago are helping to bolster grid reliability for the coming winter season, Platts reports.
The Islamic State group has been trying to hack into the computer systems of U.S. utilities, but, so far, the efforts have been futile, a Homeland Security official told executives of energy firms gathered in Philadelphia to discuss security, CNN reports.
The big House energy bill has attracted amendments including several to expand crude exports, one to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one—filed by Energy Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.—to delay implementation of the bill until its impact on climate change is determined, E&E reports.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity estimates it will cost up to $292 billion for the energy sector to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and while EPA and green groups say that’s a big overestimate, utilities and grid operators have yet to weigh in, E&E reports.
Word that the decline in September U.S. crude production was smaller than the Energy Information Administration had predicted weighed on prices Monday. Light, sweet crude—which lost 11 percent this month—lost 6 cents on the January contract, settling at $41.65 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was down 25 cents to $44.61, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Doug Lawler, who took over as CEO at troubled Chesapeake Energy Corp. two years ago, has dodged most public criticism even though the company continues to face problems after the significant spending cuts he has put in place, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.