Concerns over technical standards dog power industry


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.

Hacker ‘barbarians’ inside gates, Ridge tells Marcellus drillers


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.

Blackout hits parts of capital, western Venezuela

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.

Utilities debating cyber insurance


Utility executives and boards are debating whether they need to pay for insurance policies that will shield them from payouts if they’re sued in the wake of any cyberattack, E&E reports.

NY to see electricity shortfalls earlier: ISO


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.

Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages, officials said Friday.

Govinda Pokhrel of Nepal's national planning commission said a Cabinet meeting endorsed a draft agreement late Thursday to allow the company to build the $1.15 billion power plant with a 900 megawatt capacity.

GMR executives are expected to fly to Nepal Friday and sign the final agreement with Nepalese officials.

Heat wave strains SoCal power grid

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that electrical usage peaked at nearly 6,400 megawatts Tuesday, straining the region’s power grid, as a relentless heat wave continued to grip, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nevada fire chiefs question smart meters

The Associated Press

Two Nevada fire chiefs say they are concerned that smart meters may have been responsible for nine recent fires over the past two years, even though NV Energy has installed 1.1 million of them, The Associated Press reports.

Cal-ISO responds to heat wave


The California Independent System Operator has directed its participants to limit maintenance in the Southern California region, as well as marshalling extra electricity generation throughout the state in response to additional demand caused by this week’s heat wave, Platts reports.

Riders briefly stuck during NJ amusement park outage

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A power outage at a New Jersey amusement park left some patrons briefly stuck on rides, but no injuries were reported.

Officials say a faulty transformer caused Sunday's outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township.


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