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  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • EPA coal rules leaving US vulnerable to power blackouts?

    04/12/2014 7:14:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-12-14 | Mike Emanuel
    Facing the Obama administration's so-called "war on coal," some utility officials are warning that fewer coal-fired power plants could leave the U.S. power system vulnerable to blackouts in the near future. The officials warn that intense summer heat or extreme winter cold could soon be too much for the system to handle. "I worry about the potential of brownouts and blackouts if we're ... actually depending on this generation that's going to be retired," Nick Akins, from American Electric Power, told Fox News in an interview. Pro-coal advocates say the administration's focus on its environmental agenda challenges the reliability of...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • McCain leads drive to end blackout of NFL games, targets publically financed stadiums

    07/13/2013 3:22:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 2013
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is taking the field against a long-standing federal regulation that blocks NFL fans from seeing televised, hometown games when their stadium doesn’t sell out. McCain rolled out his game plan in May, as part of a larger Senate bill to allow pay-TV viewers to pick and choose channels instead of being forced to purchases them in typically more-expensive packages.
  • Department of Energy BRAGGED About Superdome Lighting Before Blackout

    02/04/2013 7:51:41 AM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    The Lid ^ | February 4, 2012
    As the Second Half of yesterday's Super Bowl game was into its second series of downs half the stadium mysteriously lost power and the game had to be delayed almost 40 minutes.… Players on both sides killed time by stretching and passing the ball while commentators talked their way through an outage. In the end it was some sort of surge which blew a circuit breaker, but the complicated lighting system of the Superdome takes a long time to "reboot." One interesting part of the story is that on Super Bowl Sunday the Department of Energy posted a story bragging...
  • Millions of British households face blackout, energy watchdog has said

    10/06/2012 12:01:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 5, 2012 | Rowena Mason,
    In its strongest ever warning, Ofgem said there may have to be “controlled disconnections” of homes and businesses in the middle of this decade because Britain has not done enough to make sure it has enough electricity. The regulator's new analysis reveals the risk of power-cuts is almost 50 per cent in 2015 if a very cold winter causes high demand for electricity. It predicts Britain will face power shortages because old coal and oil plants are being forced to shut down under the European Union’s environmental regulations. This will partly be replaced by wind farms, but they are less...
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...
  • Pepco boss got megawatt pay boost despite problems

    07/04/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jim McElhatton
    Pepco’s chief executive, Joseph Rigby, didn’t get a salary increase last year because of “customer reliability issues,” but he still managed to double his overall compensation, regulatory filings show. Thanks mostly to an employment deal and supplemental executive retirement plan, Mr. Rigby’s overall compensation rose to nearly $7.2 million last year, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. With hundreds of thousands of Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland left without electricity for days in sweltering temperatures after a violent storm Friday, Mr. Rigby’s compensation is likely to get a closer look as questions emerge about the...
  • Outages put Pepco on multiple hot seats

    07/03/2012 7:20:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Council members planned to meet face-to-face with officials from Pepco as soon as Tuesday to address the “unacceptable” pace of the utility’s recovery efforts after Friday night’s fierce storm swept through the region and left hundreds of thousands without power in stifling heat. Their stern response to a third day of widespread outages builds on years of skepticism aimed at the utility that serves nearly 800,000 customers in the District and Maryland. Several city lawmakers could empathize with their constituents’ plight, because they, too, lacked power in their homes. They wondered aloud whether Pepco gave “short shrift” to the...
  • Calif. blackouts possible with nuke plant offline

    06/08/2012 7:27:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    chron.com ^ | Friday, June 8, 2012 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD,
    Southern California utility officials are warning that blackouts in the region are possible this summer as a result of the sidelined San Onofre nuclear power plant. The damaged plant is likely to remain sidelined until at least the end of August while investigators probe excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water, the plant's operator said Thursday. The officials say that if a heat wave hits while the twin-reactor plant is offline, rotating blackouts are a possibility. Utilities have been scrambling to find replacement power as a precaution, including restarting two retired natural gas-fired plants in Orange County. Edison spokeswoman...
  • Expert warns: EPA regulation could lead to blackouts in ’12 (election backlash?)

    12/31/2011 2:40:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Times Leader ^ | 12/27/11 | JOSELYN KING
    Expert warns: EPA regulation could lead to blackouts in ’12By JOSELYN KING - For The Times Leader December 27, 2011 WHEELING - The leader of a think tank on energy policy sees electrical blackouts in America's future if the Environmental Protection Agency continues plans to phase out coal-fired electric plants. Thomas Borelli, director of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research, also believes there could be backlash in the 2012 elections if voters find themselves without electricity in the coming months. New EPA rules were issued last week and will allow companies three years to...
  • EPA admitted — then erased — risk of blackouts associated with new utility rule

    11/14/2011 4:12:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/14/11 | Tina Korbe
    The Environmental Protection Agency has long maintained that a new proposed utility rule to reduce mercury and other emissions won’t affect the reliability of the nation’s power grid — but Congressional and industry investigators have found that an early draft of the rule that circulated within the administration included a section that acknowledged the rule might negatively impact reliability, the WSJ reports. It’s obvious to those who’ve examined the rule at any length that it’s designed to close coal-fired power plants, and, given the prevalence of such plants, it’s easy to infer that a rule to eliminate them would risk...
  • EPA's Looming Blackouts

    08/22/2011 4:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: It won't matter which light bulbs we use as the administration's implementation of cross-state pollution rules shuts down coal plants across the country. Where will the jobs be when the lights go out? It's called the Cross-State Pollution Rule, announced last month, and its implementation over the next 18 months will likely result in the loss of a fifth of the nation's electricity-generating capacity. The result will be likely power shortages, skyrocketing rates and inevitable brownouts and rolling blackouts. Based on Bush-era EPA proposals that the federal courts threw out in 2008, this latest example of legislation is designed...
  • ERCOT urges Texans to cut electricity use

    02/12/2011 10:01:48 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 61 replies
    Texas Record News ^ | 2/8/2011 | timesrecordnews.com
    WICHITA FALLS — The electric grid operator for Texas is urging consumers and businesses are encouraged to reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours over the next few days from 6 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 8 p.m. to help reduce the risk of electricity emergencies or the need for rotating outages. “The National Weather Service is anticipating severe cold weather statewide this week, as another arctic air mass is expected to reach deep into Texas, dropping temperatures back into the teens and twenties,” said Trip Doggett, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. "In anticipation of...
  • Obama’s Blocking of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts

    02/04/2011 1:06:52 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 82 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/4/2011 | Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson/Fox News
    Fury as hospitals hit with outages while post-industrial collapse of America accelerates The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.
  • Why Was Cowboys Stadium Exempt From Blackouts?(Immoral to blackout hospitals but not football)

    02/03/2011 8:14:16 AM PST · by bestintxas · 106 replies
    cbs ^ | 2/3/11
    As brief power outages rolled across the state on Wednesday, certain places were intended to be exempt from a temporary loss of electricity. That included hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, police stations, other emergency response facilities… and Cowboys Stadium? When officials with Oncor said that the Arlington site of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV would not be a part of the rolling outages, many residents became furious. But this was not entirely a choice made by the local utility company. With thousands of reporters huddled in North Texas hotels and thousands of rabid football fans attending the NFL Experience at the...
  • Why Paul Krugman Is Totally Wrong About Cities Having Blackouts

    08/09/2010 2:53:07 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 8-9-2010 | Kid Dynamite
    Why Paul Krugman Is Totally Wrong About Cities Having Blackouts Kid Dynamite Aug. 9, 2010, 5:16 PM I have railed recently against bailouts of our individual states and cities, trying to explain the concept of fiscal responsibility, and that every community has choices to make about what it values. Today, I'll entirely avoid the topic of teachers, since, like puppies and kittens, education evokes emotional responses, making it impossible for people to analyze the situation philosophically and rationally. As usual, it comes down to the difference between "can't" and "won't." Town claim that they can't afford certain services, but in...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Smart-grid hackers could cause blackouts

    03/22/2009 5:53:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 805+ views
    cnet ^ | March 21, 2009 12:03 PM PDT | Zoë Slocum
    Deployments of smart grids should be slowed until security vulnerabilities are addressed, according to some cybersecurity experts, citing tests showing that a hacker can cause a major blackout after breaking into a smart-grid system. The idea behind smart grids, a burgeoning energy sector in which even Google is playing a role, is that automated meters and two-way power consumption data can be used to improve the efficiency and reliability of an electrical system's power distribution. A washing machine in a household hooked up to a smart meter, for instance, could be set up to run only at lower-cost, off-peak hours,...
  • More than a million wait in icy darkness across US

    01/28/2009 6:50:08 PM PST · by PAR35 · 107 replies · 2,607+ views
    AP via Excite ^ | Jan 28 | PATRICK WALTERS
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Well over a million people shivered in ice-bound homes across the country Wednesday, waiting for warmer weather and for utility crews to restring power lines brought down by a storm that killed 23 as it took a snowy, icy journey from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. But with temperatures plunging, utility officials warned that it could be mid-February before electricity is restored to some of the hardest-hit places.
  • The U.S. Faces Serious Risks of Brownouts or Blackouts in 2009, Study Warns

    10/11/2008 9:51:24 AM PDT · by AuntB · 62 replies · 1,289+ views
    Next Gen Energy Council ^ | Oct. 1, 2008 | Next Gen Energy Council
    Enviro Group Lawsuits, Cost Concerns, Climate Regulation Uncertainty Cited As Major Obstacles To Grid Improvements Denver, CO (Oct. 1, 2008) -- A new study released this week highlights what experts have been saying for years: the U.S. faces significant risk of power brownouts and blackouts as early as next summer that may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives. The study, "Lights Out In 2009?" warns that the U.S. "faces potentially crippling electricity brownouts and blackouts beginning in the summer of 2009, which may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives." "If particularly vulnerable regions, like...
  • Nation still in dark about power needs

    08/14/2008 8:39:54 AM PDT · by businessprofessor · 14 replies · 138+ views
    Associated Press via the Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2008 | Mark Williams
    Five years after the worst blackout in North American history, the country's largest power providers say the problems that turned out the lights on 50 million people have largely been resolved, but they fear that larger, systemic issues could soon lead to even bigger and more damaging outages.
  • EU rule kept half a million homes in the dark

    06/18/2008 12:05:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 108+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/16/2008 | Robin Pagnamenta
    Blackouts that plunged 500,000 homes into darkness last month were compounded by European environmental restrictions over the use of coal and oil-fired power stations, The Times has learnt. The unexpected shutdown of two power stations on Tuesday, May 29, led to the worst disruption to the UK’s power network in more than 20 years, prompting new concerns over the stability of Britain’s ageing power grid. However, industry sources say that a key factor was the European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), which sets strict limits on the number of hours that some of Britain’s largest and most heavily polluting...
  • Major Storm Causes Swath of Blackouts (at least 8 dead, almost 200,000 without power)

    12/23/2007 1:08:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 131+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 12/23/07 | CARRIE ANTLFINGER
    Major Storm Causes Swath of BlackoutsBy CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer December 23. 2007 2:10PM Joshua Crowe, 28, uses a push broom to get his car out of the snow on Saturday Dec. 22, 2007, in Wichita, Kan. Parts of Kansas have been blanketed with snow for the second weekend in a row. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, G. Marc Benavidez) MILWAUKEE Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blew through the region with heavy snow and howling wind. At least eight deaths had been blamed...
  • Electricity Shortage Causes Blackouts Across Europe

    11/05/2006 11:08:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,135+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | November 5, 2006 | Associated Press
    BERLIN — A shortage of electricity in Europe's power grid caused blackouts across the continent, halting trains, trapping people in lifts and plunging millions of homes into darkness. Swathes of Germany and France were badly hit by the cuts late Saturday. Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain were also affected. A spokesman for German power company RWE AG said a shortfall in supplies to the European power grid caused many substations to shutdown automatically. It was not immediately clear what caused the shortage. Areas of western Germany were without power for a half-hour, delaying scores of trains for up to two...
  • Is the TV Off? No, It’s Really on Standby, Using Current

    08/07/2006 3:40:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 78 replies · 2,232+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 7, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN
    Throughout the record-breaking heat wave last week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg used his pulpit to underscore the urgency of saving electricity. He repeated his advice like a mantra, urging New Yorkers to set their thermostats at 78 degrees, to keep air-conditioners on only when at home and to avoid using household appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers during peak periods. “If we want to keep the power going, we’re all just going to have to conserve,” Mr. Bloomberg said on Wednesday. “I’ve done it in my house. Please — I cannot stress it enough — do it in yours.” That...
  • CA: Heat prompts power emergency in Calif. (Rolling blackouts in the offing?)

    07/24/2006 9:27:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 1,280+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/06 | Jordan Robertson - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Power companies worked to restore electricity to thousands of customers throughout California early Monday as a scorching heat wave threatened to push the state into a power emergency with the potential for more blackouts. Authorities were looking into several deaths possibly related to the high temperatures, which hit the triple digits in some areas on Sunday. With temperatures again expected to top 100 degrees, power demand was projected to reach an all-time high Monday and prompt some voluntary blackouts, in which some businesses agree to have their power shut off temporarily in exchange for lower rates, according...
  • When the heat is on, a power grid sweats (CA)

    07/24/2006 6:00:45 AM PDT · by randita · 10 replies · 499+ views
    SF Chronicla ^ | June 24, 2006 | Erin Allday and Simone Sebastian
    When the heat is on, a power grid sweats Worried regulators plead for conservation as state faces Stage 1 emergency today - Erin Allday and Simone Sebastian, Chronicle Staff Writers Monday, July 24, 2006 Californians did an impressive job conserving energy Sunday, but power regulators are forecasting record energy demands as everyone heads back to work today, making conservation absolutely critical. "While we got through today just fine, we're very concerned about Monday. Everybody goes back to work and cranks on the computer, the coffee machine, the fax machine," said Gregg Fishman, a spokesman for the California Independent System Operator,...
  • CA: Little risk to Schwarzenegger of blackouts, thanks to Gray Davis

    07/21/2006 8:15:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Despite a midsummer heat wave that has pushed energy use to an all-time high this week, experts say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably does not have to fear the blackouts that ended former Gov. Gray Davis' political career. And he has Davis to thank for that. The long-term contracts Davis signed, at great political cost, guarantee plentiful energy for the next few years at what now look like good rates. "In an interesting twist of fate, he's benefiting from the decisions that his predecessor suffered for," said Frank Wolak, a Stanford economist who specializes in energy. "The terrible contracts" Davis...
  • Stronger Solar Storms Predicted [50% increase!]Blackouts May Result

    03/07/2006 11:22:02 AM PST · by gobucks · 27 replies · 861+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 7 Mar 06 | John Roach
    The next 11-year solar storm cycle should be significantly stronger than the current one, which may mean big problems for power grids and GPS systems and other satellite-enabled technology, scientists announced today. The stronger solar storms could start as early as this year or as late as 2008 and should peak around 2012. "We predict the next solar cycle will be 30 to 50 percent stronger than the last cycle," said Mausumi Dikpati, a solar scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, yesterday in a telephone briefing with reporters. The last cycle peaked in 2001. A...
  • SWITCHED OFF

    01/17/2006 6:37:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 716+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/17/6 | David R. Baker
    The order came late in the morning on Jan. 17, 2001. Faced with shrinking electricity reserves, California officials at 11:40 a.m. ordered the first statewide rolling blackouts of the energy crisis. Blocks of homes and businesses throughout Northern California suddenly lost power. Lights died, elevators stopped in their tracks, computer screens went black. The crisis had been building for months. But on this day five years ago, the full scope of the disaster finally became clear. By the day's end, Gov. Gray Davis had declared a state of emergency and ordered the state Department of Water Resources to start buying...
  • California Transmission Emergency

    12/21/2005 12:55:41 PM PST · by Robert357 · 28 replies · 1,482+ views
    Cal ISO website & Oasis site ^ | 12/21/05 | California Independent Syst Operator
    The California ISO hereby issues a Southern CA Region TRANSMISSION EMERGENCY Notice for loss of a major transmission line within the Southern |portion of the CAISO Control Area effective 12/21/2005 11:36 through 12/21/2005 23:59 based on conditions as of 12/21/2005 11:41. Reason: Major transmission line forced out of service. Monitor system conditions on the California ISO Website at www.caiso.com and check with local electric utilities for additional information. This message was sent by Market Operations at the California ISO.
  • Gray Davis: 'I knew nothing' - Ex-governor says he was unprepared for crisis

    06/12/2005 8:57:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 879+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/12/05 | AP
    Former Gov. Gray Davis now admits he was unprepared for the 2000-01 energy crisis that sent electricity bills soaring, brought rolling blackouts and ultimately helped bring an early end to his political career. Davis, recalled by voters in an unprecedented move, was replaced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2003, a year after Davis had won a second term. The former Democratic governor said he erred by buying power at inflated rates during the height of the crisis, but said he acted because he "wasn't willing to risk" sustained blackouts. "Did it turn out to be a mistake? Yes," Davis...
  • CA: State power supply stretched to limit - It'll take some luck to avoid summer blackouts

    04/28/2005 9:35:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 631+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | 4/27/05 | Leslie Berkman
    California should have enough power to get through this summer without blackouts -- as long as nothing goes wrong. Keepers of the state's power grid say supplies are stretched so thinly that a widespread heat wave or wildfire could mean homeowners and businesses may once again wait their turn for the lights to go out. Rolling blackouts -- planned power outages that are "rolled" from area to area to protect the power grid when electricity supplies are critically low -- became part of Californians' life during the state's power crisis four years ago. Explosive growth in areas far from cooling...
  • (Cal PUC)Ruling may pull plug on peak power plan

    03/30/2005 3:25:32 PM PST · by Robert357 · 6 replies · 477+ views
    The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 30, 2005 | Craig D. Rose
    A controversial plan to slap sky-high electric rates on large power consumers to encourage energy conservation during key times this summer should be postponed, an administrative law judge has ruled. The California Public Utilities Commission judge reviewing so-called critical peak pricing plans from San Diego Gas & Electric and two other large utilities concluded there was insufficient time to implement the programs this summer. The judge, Michelle Cooke, instead suggests considering similar plans for next year or 2007 as part of a comprehensive rate redesign. At the earlier urging of the commission, SDG&E had presented a proposal to triple rates...
  • TAPES FROM ENRON SHOW ARRANGED PLANT SHUTDOWN

    02/04/2005 4:47:01 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 11 replies · 716+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 4 February 2005 | Timothy Egan
    EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 3 - In the midst of the California energy troubles in early 2001, when power plants were under a federal order to deliver a full output of electricity, the Enron Corporation arranged to take a plant off-line on the same day that California was hit by rolling blackouts, according to audiotapes of company traders released here on Thursday. This is an excerpt, read the rest here: Click here for the rest.
  • NERC 2004 Assessment:...Adequate if New Generating Facilities are Built(Homer Simpson D'oh-Award)

    09/12/2004 4:17:44 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 3 replies · 228+ views
    Transmission and Distribution World Magazine ^ | Sept 10, 2004 | North American Reliability Council (NERC)
    The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has issued its 2004 Long-Term Reliability Assessment. The report assesses long-term electricity supply and demand and transmission reliability through 2013, and discusses key issues and trends affecting the reliability of future electric supply and transmission systems. “Resource adequacy is expected to be satisfactory throughout North America, provided new generating facilities are constructed as anticipated and NERC reliability rules are followed,” said Michehl R. Gent, NERC president and CEO. “NERC and the electric industry have taken significant steps to improve the reliability of the electric system since the Aug. 14 blackout, and we are...
  • Court dismisses port's suit over power crunch

    05/15/2004 8:05:21 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Seattle Post Inteligencer ^ | May 15, 2004 | Bill Virgin
    A federal court in California has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Port of Seattle against a dozen Northwest utilities and power marketing companies, including Puget Sound Energy. That suit charged that the companies conspired to manipulate the West Coast power market and drive up the cost of electricity during the region's supply crunch and price spike in 2000 and 2001. But a judge in U.S. District Court for the southern district of California dismissed the complaint this week, ruling that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over such issues. That disclosure came from a Securities and Exchange Commission...
  • Cal ISO Transmission Emergency-Oops, I did it again

    05/04/2004 1:47:22 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 26 replies · 186+ views
    WECC Daily Report for 5/6/04 ^ | 5/6/04 | WECC daily report
    On Monday May 3, 2004 at 1117 PDT the CAISO issued a system warning due to lack of available capacity and higher than anticipated temperatures and loads in Southern California. At 1420 the CAISO declared a Transmission Emergency. They dropped 122 MW of pump load and requested SCE to drop all available interruptible load. SDG&E had already initiated interruptible load shedding. Approximately 700-750 MW of load relief was experienced. CAISO Pump load was restored at 1741. At 2200 the CAISO terminated the Restricted Maintenance Operation. At 2359 the CAISO terminated the Transmission Emergency
  • Cal Stage 1 Power Emergency (Oops Cal ISO did it again!)

    03/29/2004 2:56:29 PM PST · by Robert357 · 61 replies · 233+ views
    California ISO ^ | 3/29/04 | Drudge Report, & Cal ISO
    The California ISO hereby issues a STAGE 1 ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY Notice, effective 03/29/2004 13:50 through 03/29/2004 19:59. Reason(s): Due to higher than expected loads and loss of resources South of Path 15. Operating Reserves are currently, or forecast to be, less than amounts required by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. If Operating Reserves deplete further, the ISO will declare a Stage 2 Electrical Emergency and may begin curtailing Interruptible Loads*. Monitor system conditions on the California ISO Website at www.caiso.com and check with local electric utilities for additional information. This message was sent by Market Operations at the California ISO.
  • Unexpected Heat Wave Cited in Blackout

    03/10/2004 2:01:53 PM PST · by Jubal Harshaw · 32 replies · 304+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2004 | Elizabeth Douglass
    <p>Record high temperatures throughout Southern California triggered the state's first major power blackout since the energy crisis, leaving 70,000 customers in the dark for 21 minutes. The problems weren't the result of power plant meltdowns or market manipulation but something more mundane: Too many people used their air conditioners at the same time.</p>
  • Bird deaths causing concern about true value of wind farm

    12/21/2003 8:50:53 AM PST · by buffyt · 60 replies · 281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-21-2003 | Rone Tempest
    When the giant Altamont wind farm sprouted here two decades ago, the only major objections were aesthetic. Local residents didn't appreciate the forest of 7,000 ungainly wind towers cluttering their view. No one, apparently, thought about the birds. Since the phalanx of giant windmills began churning the air above the Altamont Pass east of San Francisco Bay, an estimated 22,000 birds have died, including hundreds of golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, kestrels and other raptors, after flying into the spinning blades of the wind turbines. Now, some environmental groups that routinely supported wind power as a clean, alternative source of electric...
  • US Nuclear Regulator Warns on Worms

    09/05/2003 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 15 replies · 472+ views
    Computer Business Review ^ | September 6, 2003
    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week warned nuclear power plant operators to implement safeguards against the Slammer worm, which took systems at one such plant offline in January. The advisory details exactly how the Davis-Besse power plant in Ohio, operated by FirstEnergy Corp, had its "safety parameter display system" and "plant process computer" made unavailable for several hours by the worm. The news of the outage came to light after a report by SecurityFocus.com two weeks ago. It is particularly concerning as Slammer was preventable - it exploited a vulnerability in SQL Server that Microsoft Corp had issued a...
  • FBI concerned about threat of terror-induced blackouts

    09/04/2003 2:07:51 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 61 replies · 242+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2003
    <p>The FBI found no evidence of any type of terrorism or criminal hacking in its investigation of the August power blackout in the Northeast, but the threat of such action remains a concern, the FBI's top counterterrorism official told a House committee Thursday.</p>
  • Power cut causes chaos in London

    08/28/2003 11:44:35 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 20 replies · 159+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2003
    A power cut is causing major disruption through London and the South East. Train company Connex has reported the power is out between London and Ashford, affecting services through London Bridge, Victoria, Ashford, New Cross and Bromley. No trains are running in south London, the area which has been hardest hit, and some Tube stations have been plunged into darkness. Some commuters were stuck underground when the power went off at about 1815 BST. London Underground has said the blackout was having a "serious impact on the whole system". Buses are extremely busy as commuters abandon packed Tube platforms and...
  • Power System Stability: How to Prevent Blackouts in the Open Access Era

    08/15/2003 9:58:20 AM PDT · by Lessismore · 8 replies · 356+ views
    A two-day short course ^ | Course Faculty: Prabha Kundur and Carson Taylor
    In the summer of 1996, two major system disturbances occurred in the Western System Coordinating Council (WSCC) that resulted in partial blackouts and cost utilities and their customers several million dollars. Potential stability problems are still the most critical impediments to maximizing power transfers across system interconnections and must be considered in available transfer capability. Until recently, stability studies conducted by electric utilities focused primarily on transient angle stability. However, with the changing characteristics of power systems, other system stability problems, particularly voltage instability and undamped inter-area oscillations, have emerged as greater sources of concern. This was made abundantly clear...
  • California Crisis Cost $45 Billion

    03/14/2003 12:35:30 PM PST · by Robert357 · 21 replies · 288+ views
    Energy User New ^ | 02/25/2003
    The Public Policy Institute of California concluded that California's energy crisis cost the state as much as $45 billion over two years in higher electricity costs, lost business due to blackouts, and a slowdown in economic growth, according to a recently released study. The report concluded there was no single cause for the energy crisis, which peaked in the winter of 2000-01 and led to six days of rolling blackouts.
  • WECC Daily Report (Oops I did it again-Cal ISO blacks out BC Pulp Mill)

    02/24/2003 12:08:59 PM PST · by Robert357 · 15 replies · 257+ views
    WECC Daily Report of System Status ^ | February 24, 2003 | WESTERN ELECTRICITY COORDINATING COUNCIL
    Sunday’s Notable Events: At 1755 PST System frequency deviated from 60.017 Hz to 59.793 Hz and recovered to 59.885 Hz by governor action. Cause of the disturbance was due to a plane striking the static wire of the Adelanto-Rinaldi #1 500-kV line which caused the relaying of the Victorville-Adelanto #1 and #2 500-kV lines (1807 restored), Marketplace-Adelanto #1 500-kV line (1831 restored), Intermountain-Adelanto 1000-kV poles 1 and 2 (1933 restored) and the Intermountain Unit #1 while generating 875 MW (2013 unit paralleled). At approximately the same time the Mohave Unit 1 tripped due to SSR while generating 604 MW. PNSC...
  • WECC Daily Report (Oops I did it again, Cal ISO almost blacks out CA)

    02/21/2003 11:48:18 AM PST · by Robert357 · 9 replies · 315+ views
    .....Other Comments: At 0816 MST today, Sierra Pacific Resources commenced evacuating their Control Center in Reno, Nevada due to a bomb threat. They are initiating contingency plans to operate their Backup Control Center out of Las Vegas, Nevada Power Control Center. Thursday’s Notable Events: At 1312 PST the CMRC issued a Reserve Deficiency Directive to the CAISO. At 1249 PST the Spinning Reserve failed to meet the requirement. The maximum deficiency was 180 MW at 1305, returning to normal at 1313. Total time below normal was 24 minutes. At 1615 PST the RDRC reported their SCADA system was down. Returned...
  • WECC Daily Report-Cal ISO Bad Reliability (Oops I did it again!)

    12/16/2002 4:33:48 PM PST · by Robert357 · 20 replies · 378+ views
    WECC Daily Report of System Status for 12/16/02 ^ | December 16, 2002 | WECC Staff
    Other Comments: On Friday 12/13/02 the CISO was deficient in spinning reserves to a magnitude of 250 MW less than required from 1634 to 1701. On Saturday 12/14/02 PG&E reported an estimated 150,000 customers without power due to a winter storm with approximately 20,000 customers related to Transmission outages and 130,000 customers related to Distribution outages. At 1705 PG&E revised this report to 241,212 customers out of power. This morning at 0730 PST PG&E reported 331,000 customers out of power. At 0228 PST this morning AVA reported the North Lewiston-Walla Walla 230-kV line relayed to lockout. At 0315 PST IPCO...