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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The vision for Virginia’s energy future, to be made public by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday, will review the costs and benefits to the state from the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which hasn’t updated the list of chemicals it regulates at sewage plants in more than three decades, doesn’t target some 300 labelled as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a report from the EPA Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
Positive consumer spending data helped push oil prices higher early Tuesday, although benchmark crude is looking likely to rack up its largest quarterly drop in some two and a-half years. U.S. prices were 19 cents higher to $94.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 32 cents to $97.52, Reuters reports.
Energy market monitor Genscape has been tracking the tanker Polar Discovery, which could hold up to 784,000 barrels of crude, as it heads from Alaska to Yeosu, South Korea, FuelFix reports, having determined from a ConocoPhillips spokesman that the company has made a rare deal to sell a cargo of North Slope crude in Asia in the fourth quarter.
The U.S. imported 569,000 more barrels of crude in July than it did in June, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the figures were still lower than in 2013 and also noted that for the first time, none of the imports came from Nigeria, Platts reports.
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is having around 20 mid-level and senior managers leave Russia, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, in the wake of Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
The partnership between Qatar and Exxon Mobil in plans to export liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass terminal in Texas is part of the Gulf nation’s strategy to maintain its status as a major player in the industry globally into the future, The New York Times reports.