CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.
Neighborhoods in Egypt sink into darkness for hours during the day, leaving millions without power. The crisis has caused water cuts, affected hospitals and cut communications as many had difficulty recharging their mobile phones.
Parts of the capital lose power numerous times a day, plunging entire neighborhoods into darkness for an hour or more each time.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in a good position to monitor the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon rule on the country’s electricity grid and no changes are needed, chair Cheryl LaFleur told E&E in an interview, although she said further along in the process FERC could issue a white paper outlining its role.
Subsidized renewable energy has grown so much in Germany that there’s an electricity glut, which is why RWE – trying to shore up shrinking profits -- says it will shut down three more power plants on top of the 10 already set for closure, and CEO Peter Terium is warning about future threats to the country’s energy security, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A plan agreed by regional governors to change ISO New England’s tariff to help pay for pipelines and transmission lines has been delayed by the failure of the Massachusetts legislature to approve an energy measure pushed by Gov. Deval Patrick, E&E reports.
In a settlement announced last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Imperial Irrigation District, a customer-owned utility operating in southern California near the Mexican border, agreed to pay $3 million to the U.S. Treasury and $9 million more for improvements to the local grid in the wake of a regional blackout in September 2011, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The departure of John Norris from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would open the door for President Barack Obama to do what many expected last year -- tap Colette Honorable to leave Little Rock and come to Washington.
Honorable, the chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and the head of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, on Wednesday declined comment on a report attributed to anonymous sources that Norris will step down from FERC and that she is in line for the job.
Norris and the White House were also staying mum, though none issued denials, either.
More utilities are joining Germany’s balancing market, where the government pays them to add or cut power to the grid within seconds to balance out surges and drops caused by increasing reliance on wind and solar energy, Bloomberg reports.
In September, Israeli firm Nation-E intends to launch an international cybersecurity center aimed at energy companies, which will provide ways for firms to test microgrids, smart meters and other grid-connected devices, founder and CEO Daniel Jammer told The Jerusalem Post.
By pushing for international agreement on a climate accord – which would "name and shame" violators rather than prosecute them – President Obama hopes to come up with a global deal on the issue that would avoid him having to present a legally binding treaty for Senate ratification, The New York Times reports.
$1.4 million will settle federal claims stemming from a crude oil spill from a pipeline operated by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary in Louisiana back in 2012, an amount the company has agreed to pay, The Hill reports.
A greater-than-expected decline in crude stockpiles reported by the Energy Information Administration Wednesday helped push oil prices up. U.S. benchmark crude gained 15 cents to $94.01 a barrel after settling 51 cents higher on the Nymex Tuesday, while in London Brent crude for October delivery rose 21 cents to $102.71, Reuters reports.
Texas lawmakers examined the impact of the oil boom in a hearing Tuesday, where the Texas Oil & Gas Association said it has brought the state $48 billion in wage payments and $11 billion in royalties a year, the Houston Chronicle reports.
High returns from fossil fuel investments make it difficult for the divestment movement to attract support, although dumping coal stocks may be a more attractive proposition than turning away from oil and gas companies, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, according to National Journal.
In a change of plans, Duke Energy said at a Florida Public Service Commission hearing Tuesday it would buy an existing natural gas-fired plant from Calpine Finance Construction Co. instead of building one of its own, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, must pay the husband of a suicide victim in the region $470,000, under a ruling from a Japanese court, The Washington Post reports.
Although leaders in Moscow and Kiev spoke of “positive” results from Tuesday’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, there appeared to be no letup in fighting Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.