FERC makes cybersecurity push with new rules for utilities


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is proposing rules that would require utilities and the coordinating North American Electric Reliability Corp. to beef up defenses against computer malware and hacking, E&E reports.

Senate hearing on protecting the grid from storm, pulse threats

Washington, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing: "Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse." Witnesses include Joseph McClelland from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

California grid operator urges customers to cut back power usage


Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.

Quebec man arrested after causing power outage


Quebec authorities this month arrested a 53-year-old man and charged him in connection with a power outage last December that they say was caused by his dropping objects on transmission lines from a plane, E&E reports.

Power companies joining to stockpile key parts


Eight electric power and energy companies – including Duke Energy, Exelon Corp., and Southern Co. – say they are forming an independent group, Grid Assurance, which will buy and stockpile critical grid components, such as transformers and circuit breakers, to be made available in the event of major failures in the transmission network, E&E reports.

Rebel attack in Colombia leaves 300,000 in the dark

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials are blaming rebels for an attack on the country's energy infrastructure that left hundreds of thousands of people without power.

President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had blown up an energy pylon and blacked out much of the southern region of Caqueta Wednesday night.

FERC approves plan from PJM for performance pay model

The Wall Street Journal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a plan by PJM Interconnection to pay energy companies more to put power on the grid when it is needed most, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Rolling blackouts possible in Rio Grande Valley: ERCOT


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley to cut their electricity consumption, particularly in the evening hours, or risk rolling blackouts, KGBT-TV reports.

Summer electricity capacity sufficient in NY, says system operator


The New York Independent System Operator has enough capacity to handle peak summer loads this year, a top NYISO official said at its management committee meeting, Platts reports.

FERC announces $16M settlement over Western blackout

The Hill

The Western Energy Coordinating Council has agreed to pay a $16 million penalty to FERC for its role in a 2011 power outage that left more than 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico without electricity, The Hill reports.


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