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  • Blackouts Loom With California In Power Grid Emergency: "Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without..."

    06/21/2016 1:33:29 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | June 20, 2016
    The entire Los Angeles metropolitan area and most of Southern California can expect blackouts this summer. The power grid is under direct threat as a result of the unprecedented, but little reported, massive natural gas leaks at Alisco Canyon that was ongoing for four months as an intense summer heat wave sets in. According to Reuters: California will have its first test of plans to keep the lights on this summer… With record-setting heat and air conditioning demand expected in Southern California, the state’s power grid operator issued a so-called "flex alert," urging consumers to conserve energy to help prevent...
  • PROTESTS AS VENEZUELA EMBRACES 2-DAY WORKWEEK TO SAVE POWER

    04/27/2016 10:01:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AP ^ | April 27, 2016 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save power. Then on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro announced that millions of officials will now work only Monday and Tuesday.
  • Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak

    04/06/2016 9:57:40 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    latimes ^ | April 5, 2016 | Alice Walton , Paige St. John and Corina Knoll
    State officials warn that Southern California could face as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this summer because of depleted reserves of natural gas caused by the massive leak in Aliso Canyon. The canyon in the hills above Porter Ranch is a crucial gas storage facility, supplying 17 power plants in the Los Angeles Basin. But the four-month leak that began in October left the facility at one-fifth of its capacity and new injections of gas have been prohibited until all of its wells have passed comprehensive tests. Officials estimate the storage facility won’t be back on line...
  • South Africa power blackouts problematic for ANC as poor claim unfair targeting

    01/16/2015 4:59:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Geoff Hill
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As schools reopen here in the coming days after the Christmas break, South Africans are braced for a surge in the power cuts that have plagued the country since early December, and the rolling blackouts could spell trouble for the ruling African National Congress at the ballot box. During the week, schools, factories and offices will move to full capacity, drawing on an already-fragile national grid. And in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer, air conditioners will be turned on full blast. A state-owned company, ESKOM, has the monopoly to produce more than 95 percent...
  • EPA uses Jonathan Gruber tactic to impose harmful regulations

    12/12/2014 5:35:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    “Lack of transparency was really critical to getting it passed,” former Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explained. The Democrats cleverly exploited the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” Now President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is using secretive, duplicitous science, and exploiting people’s lack of scientific understanding, to impose punitive regulations cleverly labeled the “clean power plan.” The agency claims the clean power plan will prevent “dangerous manmade climate change” by reducing carbon dioxide and “encouraging” greater use of renewable energy. Its real goal is forcing coal-fired power plants to reduce operations significantly or shut down entirely. The EPA also claims that...
  • 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.