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Guam utility works to restore power, water to residents

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — About 4,500 Guam residents are without water following the wind, rain and waves brought on by Typhoon Dolphin.

The Pacific Daily News reports Guam's water authority is working to restore services by Friday, and the island's power provider expects to bring the 2,000 customers that make up 4 percent of its total users back online by Tuesday night.

Oncor chief eyes battery storage

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Platts

Texas transmission firm Oncor is looking at installing as much as 5,000 megawatts of battery storage on its grid over the next five years, Platts reports.

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QER's focus on infrastructure stokes bipartisan energy talk

A rare note of bipartisanship emerged Tuesday in response to the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, in which the Obama administration proposes billions in new investments and programs aimed at updating and strengthening the expansive and aging U.S. energy infrastructure network.

Though often at odds with Obama administration energy policy, key Republicans indicated that the infrastructure focus of the report offers a chance for “common ground” for legislation to modernize energy transmission, storage and distribution systems.

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DOE unveils Quadrennial Review, focuses on resilience, infrastructure and climate

The Obama Administration on Tuesday released its long-awaited report highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead for the U.S. energy system, detailing a number of recommendations for a path to boost resilience and update energy infrastructure and combat climate change.

The first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, prepared by the Energy Department, focuses  on updates to transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures, and lays out several policy proposals to more quickly upgrade the system.

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After nine months on FERC, Bay takes chairmanship

After serving nine months as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under an unusual political deal, Norman Bay on Wednesday was sworn in as chairman of the energy market regulator and vowed to focus attention on electric reliability, infrastructure and markets.

“I am honored and humbled to work with my extraordinary colleagues on the Commission, as well as the many dedicated and talented staff at the Commission,” Bay said.

Power station problem in Maryland caused outages across DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol building was running on a generator for a time, and Metro trains kept moving, but on emergency power.

Tourists were evacuated from museums. At the State Department during the daily press briefing, spokeswoman Marie Harf was forced to finish her comments in the dark. In the White House, President Barack Obama barely noticed Tuesday's disruption.

Power station problem in Maryland causes outages across DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Problems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation's capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites.

Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations. Officials said a mechanical failure at a transfer station led to the outages, and terrorism was not suspected. Tens of thousands of customers lost power.

NERC, FERC look at reliability in EPA carbon rule

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E&E

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are exploring options to make sure utilities can maintain electricity reliability in the face of Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.

Power mostly restored, fire out in London

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BBC

An underground fire that knocked out power to 3,000 customers two days ago in central London finally has been extinguished, a fire brigade official told BBC News.

Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctions are employed in that way.

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