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  • 3 Coal-Powered W. V. Plants to Shut Down

    09/04/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 96 replies
    WVVA,.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Rachel Lucas
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity. The last day of power generation for FirstEnergy Corp.'s plants in Albright, Rivesville and Willow Island was scheduled for Saturday. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the plants would be deactivated by the end of the day. Officials say some workers likely will remain on the job for a short period. They will deactivate the plants and take care of permits and environmental regulations. The plants employ a total 210 workers. FirstEnergy also plans to close six coal-fired operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Ohio-based utility attributes the...
  • FirstEnergy, citing regulations, to retire six coal-fired power plants

    01/26/2012 11:02:11 AM PST · by EBH · 30 replies · 3+ views
    elp.com ^ | 1/26/12
    Akron, Ohio, January 26, 2012 — FirstEnergy Corp. generation subsidiaries will retire six older coal-fired power plants located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland by September 1, 2012. The decision to close the power plants is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which were recently finalized, and other environmental regulations. The total capacity of the competitive plants that will be retired is 2,689 MW. Recently, these plants served mostly as peaking or intermediate facilities, generating, on average, about 10 percent of the electricity produced by the company over the past three years. The following plants...
  • Upset about FirstEnergy's pricey, hand-delivered light bulbs? You ain't seen nothing yet

    11/16/2009 4:08:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 2,160+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/08/09 | Kevin OBrien
    Upset about FirstEnergy's pricey, hand-delivered light bulbs? You ain't seen nothing yetBy Kevin OBrien October 08, 2009, 3:59AM There was a time when you and I could be trusted to change a light bulb. In those days, powerful people who made weighty decisions understood that if a light bulb burned out, even the dimmest of us common folk would know enough to remove it from its socket, choose a suitable replacement and install it. Apparently all of the weighty decisions have been made, because powerful people have now worked their way down to telling us what kind of light bulb...
  • Former Fort Monmouth (NJ) Workers Charged With Providing No-Show Jobs

    04/28/2006 4:37:23 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 1,516+ views
    Millennium Radio ^ | Friday, April 28, 2006
    Two former Fort Monmouth workers, and the daughter of one of them, are accused of scheming to have government contractors provide no-show jobs for the daughter. Accused in an indictment made public today are 55-year-old Michael Rzeplinski, a former programs director for the General Services Administration and former Army supervisory engineer; 61-year-old Connie Davidson, a former G-S-A employee who lives with Rzeplinski in Red Bank, and her 33-year-old Kirsten Davidson of Red Bank. All three are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Rzeplinski also faces two counts of mail fraud and three counts of tax evasion. Rzeplinski and...
  • ...Major Power Blackout = FirstEnergy Control Room ..and..?

    04/06/2004 9:03:38 PM PDT · by ALOHA RONNIE · 16 replies · 298+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 4/06/2004 | Edward Iwata
    NEVER FORGET QUOTE: Report: Major blackout could have been prevented By Edward Iwata, USA TODAY Front Page 4/6/2004 ...The vast blackout that left out tens of millions of people wihout power last summer could have been contained with stronger emergency actions and tougher regulation, energy investigators said Monday. ...The nation's largest-ever power outage, whch cost the economy up to $10 billion, forced Congress and regulators to look hard at what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. ...Legislation to overhaul the industry is stalled. But U.S. and Canadian energy regulators released a 220-page investigative report Monday that...
  • Software bug contributed to blackout(not virus related)

    02/12/2004 5:45:30 AM PST · by snooker · 37 replies · 193+ views
    The Register ^ | 2/12/04 | snooker
    A previously-unknown software flaw in a widely-deployed General Electric energy management system contributed to the devastating scope of the August 14th northeastern U.S. blackout, industry officials revealed this week. The bug in GE Energy's XA/21 system was discovered in an intensive code audit conducted by GE and a contractor in the weeks following the blackout, according to FirstEnergy Corp., the Ohio utility where investigators say the blackout began. "It had never evidenced itself until that day," said spokesman Ralph DiNicola. "This fault was so deeply embedded, it took them weeks of pouring through millions of lines of code and data...
  • FirstEnergy Blamed for Blackout in Report

    11/19/2003 3:22:25 PM PST · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 182+ views
    Associated Press Writer ^ | Wed, Nov 19, 2003 | JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - The nation's worst blackout began with three power line failures in Ohio and should have been contained by operators at FirstEnergy Corp., a three-month government investigation concluded Wednesday. The report by a U.S.-Canadian task force said the FirstEnergy operators did not respond properly, allowing the Aug. 14 outage to cascade, eventually cutting off electricity to 50 million people in eight states and Canada. The task force also cited outdated procedures and shortcomings at a regional grid monitoring center in Indiana that kept officials there from grasping the emerging danger and helping FirstEnergy deal with it. "This blackout was...
  • Investigators Pinpoint Cause of August Blackout

    11/19/2003 2:25:46 PM PST · by John H K · 2 replies · 121+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2003 | Peter Behr
    A U.S.-Canadian government investigation of the massive Aug. 14 power outage in the Northeast singles out a series of operators' mistakes, computer failures, violations of grid rules and inadequate maintenance by FirstEnergy Corp., the Akron-based utility serving northern Ohio, as the primary causes of the largest blackout in North American history...
  • Elusive Force May Lie at Root of Blackout

    09/23/2003 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 101 replies · 394+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 23, 2003 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and ERIC LIPTON
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.It is a little-understood component of electricity, so arcane that engineers sometimes call it "imaginary power." But it was a shortage of this elusive force, largely unknown and unappreciated by the general public but critical to the operation of the nation's electrical grid, that experts now say probably set off the largest blackout in North American history on Aug. 14. Imaginary power, known to scientists as reactive power, cannot turn on lights or run toasters. Yet power plants and lines need it to create the conditions that allow hundreds of thousands of...
  • 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>
  • Computer gremlins, confusion preceded big blackout

    09/04/2003 7:50:53 AM PDT · by doc30 · 103 replies · 3,216+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 9/4/03 | Associated Press
    During the hour before the Aug. 14 power blackout, engineers in the control centre of an Ohio utility struggled to figure out why transmission lines were failing and complained that a computer failure was making it difficult to determine what was going on, transcripts of telephone communications released Wednesday show. At one point, an engineer at the Midwest grid managing organization asked engineers at the Ohio utility, FirstEnergy Corp., to explain why they had not responded to a line outage reported earlier and asked that they find out what was going on. "We have no clue. Our computer is giving...
  • Calls Show Pre-Blackout Utility Confusion

    09/03/2003 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 44 replies · 379+ views
    AP ^ | 9/3/03 | JOSEF HEBERT
    Calls Show Pre-Blackout Utility Confusion WASHINGTON - During the hour before the Aug. 14 blackout, engineers in the control center of an Ohio utility struggled to figure out why transmission lines were failing and complained that a computer failure was making it difficult to determine what was going on, transcripts of telephone communications released Wednesday show. At one point, an engineer at the Midwest grid managing organization asked engineers at the Ohio utility, FirstEnergy Corp., to explain why they had not responded to a line outage reported sometime earlier and asked that they find out what was going on. "We...
  • The Bush Moneybags Behind the Blackout Probe

    08/26/2003 10:09:08 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 179+ views
    Village Voice ^ | August 21st, 2003 5:00 PM | James Ridgeway
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Bush, looking hardly conscious, said last Thursday's blackout was a "wake-up call." His free-market energy secretary Spencer Abraham told CBS that upgrading the technology will cost $50 billion. Who will pay that? Not the guys who caused the shut-down. "Rate-payers, obviously, will pay the bill because they're the ones who benefit," said Abraham. With Abraham in the driver's seat of the so-called investigation into the blackout, the Bush guys can rest easy. Nothing bad is going to happen to them. But consider the following: FirstEnergy, the big Akron utility, is the focus of the probe so far because...
  • E.T. Blamed For Blackout 2003

    08/20/2003 8:03:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 326+ views
    Weird News Coverage ^ | August 20, 2003
    LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash) -- A paranormal expert in Los Angeles thinks he may know the culprit to last week's blackout: E.T. Dr. Franklin Ruehl -- the resident UFO expert on Tom Green's new MTV talk show -- says it's not uncommon for UFOs to be seen hovering near power plants right before blackouts. Ruehl claims that prior to the big blackout in November, 1965, two pilots reported seeing UFOs near Indianapolis and Syracuse, New York. The phenomenon may be inadvertant but Ruehl says it's possible a UFO caused this year's blackout by trying to draw power from a provider...
  • 1st Lawsuit re: Largest Energy Blackout in History

    08/19/2003 10:31:10 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 21 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo! Finance | Monday August 18 | staff writer
    Cauley Geller Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against FirstEnergy Corporation In Connection With the Largest Energy Blackout in HistoryMonday August 18, 5:08 pm ET NEW YORK, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Cauley Geller Bowman & Rudman, LLP announced today that it has filed a class action lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on behalf of all persons and entities residing in the United States who lost electrical power during the massive energy blackout that began on August 14, 2003. A copy of the complaint filed in this action is available from the Court,...
  • Blackout Focal Point (ABC Barf Alert)

    08/18/2003 5:24:57 PM PDT · by sjersey · 16 replies · 257+ views
    ABC news ^ | 8/18/2003 | Brian Ross
    Investigators say it will be weeks before they know for sure what caused last week's massive power failure, but their principal focus is on the actions of one Ohio power company where the blackout seems to have started. Akron-based FirstEnergy, the largest utility in the country, has a long record of troubling safety, operational and financial problems, an ABCNEWS investigation has found. Unionized employees complain the company cut back on workers who maintain its transmission lines. In addition, its Ohio nuclear plant was shut down by federal regulators last year because of safety violations, including a football-sized hole in the...
  • Ohio Utility: Blackout Not Our Fault (CYA alert)

    08/18/2003 12:19:31 AM PDT · by El Conservador · 15 replies · 193+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 17, 2003 | JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - An Ohio utility at the center of the investigation into last week's widespread blackout says its high-voltage line failures could not have triggered the event, claiming there were numerous unusual power swings elsewhere in the Midwest hours earlier. The claim could not be confirmed late Sunday by independent sources. Engineers at another Midwestern utility reported no such unusual grid fluctuations, said an official at that company, who spoke only on condition of anonymity. Officials at FirstEnergy Corp., the company whose power line problems have been cited as key in the blackout investigation, sought to go on the offensive...
  • Ohio Utility Says Grid Had Problems Hours Before Its Lines Failed

    08/17/2003 5:35:33 PM PDT · by John W · 27 replies · 155+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | August 17,2003 | H. Josef Hebert
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Ohio utility under intense scrutiny in the biggest blackout in the nation's history said Sunday there were problems, including strange voltage fluctuations, in the Midwest power grid hours before its transmission lines failed. "What happened ... is much more complex than a few tripped power lines in our system," said Todd Schneider, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., which went on the offensive Sunday after being targeted by investigators. He said that some of the unusual power conditions occurred "as early as noon" - more than three hours before FirstEnergy's high-voltage lines, which have been the focus...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 Aug 2003

    08/17/2003 5:38:09 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 157 replies · 259+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 17 Aug 2003 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, August 17th, 2003 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI) and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): California gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante (D) and Bill Simon; and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and Michel R. Gent, president of the North American Electric Reliability Council. THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO) and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-LA); and...
  • Blackout Pinned on Three Ohio Failures (claim they found "real" cause)

    08/16/2003 11:06:01 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 176 replies · 560+ views
    Atlanta Journal Cosntitution ^ | Aug. 16, 2003 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON (AP)--The failure of three transmission lines in northern Ohio was the likely trigger of the nation's biggest power blackout, a leading investigator said Saturday. Experts are working to understand why the disruption spread throughout the Northeast and Midwest and into Canada, and was not contained. ``We are fairly certain'' that the problem started in Ohio, said Michehl Gent, head of the North American Electric Reliability Council. ``We are now trying to determine why the situation was not brought under control.'' Gent said the transmission system was designed to isolate problems such as those apparently involving the three lines in...
  • Ohio Lines Failed Before Blackout; alarm that should have alerted controllers also failed

    08/17/2003 7:33:34 AM PDT · by Brian S · 39 replies · 307+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08-17-03
    Ohio Lines Failed Before Blackout By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA The events that led to Thursday's blackout began when several high-voltage transmission lines near Cleveland failed, investigators said yesterday. The utility that owns the lines said an alarm that should have alerted controllers to the shutdowns also failed. The line failures — including one triggered by contact with a tree — began at 3:06 p.m., 65 minutes before a wide swath of the United States and Canada lost power, said Michehl R. Gent, president of the North American Electric Reliability Council, the power industry group that is investigating the blackout. It is...
  • FirstEnergy Scrutinized in Blackout Probe

    08/16/2003 7:13:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 243+ views
    The Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | Aug 16, 8:35 PM EDT | THOMAS J. SHEERAN
    AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The effort to nail down the source of the massive blackout turned Saturday to northern Ohio, where the power system is operated by FirstEnergy Corp., the nation's fourth-largest investor owned utility.Akron-based FirstEnergy has 16 power plants and an annual revenue of more than $12 billion, with a service area that stretches from Ohio to New Jersey.The company is accustomed to scrutiny.Its Davis-Besse nuclear plant east of Toledo has been shut down since February 2002, when it was closed for maintenance. A month later, a leak was found that had allowed boric acid to eat nearly through...
  • FirstEnergy Provides Initial Assessment of Status of Its System

    08/16/2003 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 15 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 16, 2003
    AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. today provided additional information on the status of its electrical system before and during the widespread power outage in the Northeast U.S. and Southern Canada that began on Thursday afternoon, August 14, 2003. Immediately following the outage, FirstEnergy's primary concern was restoring service to its 1.4 million affected customers. With service restored, the company is accumulating data and evaluating the status of its electrical system prior to and during the outage event. While it will take time for FirstEnergy and all affected utilities to complete this process, the company can report the...