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  • DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm

    12/12/2014 7:41:57 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | December 12 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document. DHS’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated in an internal 2012 fact sheet outlining its response plan for severe “space weather” that the actual impact and damage from a future solar storm is not known.
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    12/10/2014 10:39:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/14 | Alan Caruba
    The United States has plenty of enemies in the world that want it to fail. It is insane that we harbor one as a federal agency. When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental Protection Agency. In many ways, it is the most essential battle because it involves the provision of sufficient electrical energy...
  • NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

    11/20/2014 9:41:19 AM PST · by McGruff · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States. The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command
  • “Grid Jihad”: What If You Had a Week to Prep for the End of the World?

    09/04/2014 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 229 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/4/14 | Daisy Luther
    Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America. He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting the drug trade. “The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal,” said Pry. “ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one...
  • New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack

    08/29/2014 7:58:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd
    New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack By Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. Cheryl Hurd reports. Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 • Updated at 7:27 AM PDT More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. PG&E officials said burglars stole construction equipment from the Metcalf Substation. The security breach happened at...
  • Crippling the US Without Firing a Shot: The Electrical Grid May Well Be The Next War’s Battlefield

    07/18/2014 3:36:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/17/14 | Chris Martenson
    When the power goes out, everything just stops. For residential users, even a few hours begins to intrude heavily as melting freezers, dying cell phones, and the awkward realization that we don’t remember how to play board games nudge us out of our comfort zone. However, those are just small inconveniences. For industrial and other heavy users, the impact of even a relatively short outage can be expensive or even ghastly. Hospitals and people on life-assisting machinery are especially vulnerable. Without power, aluminum smelters face the prospect of the molten ore solidifying in the channels from which it must be...
  • Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage

    07/19/2014 6:18:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    am spectator ^ | 7/18/14 | w tucker
    n 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to...
  • White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives

    07/16/2014 10:03:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    MISSOULA, Mont. — President Obama will announce a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday. The actions, involving a variety of federal agencies, were among the recommendations of the president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, a group of 26 officials who have worked since November to develop the proposals. One of the projects involves shoring up the power supply during climate catastrophes, and the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday will award $236.3 million. The United States Geological Survey and other federal agencies will spend $13.1 million to develop advanced three-dimensional mapping data. The new initiatives...
  • Judge Jeanine: "Lights Out: Danger to U.S. Power Grid"

    06/25/2014 5:37:36 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2014 | Judge Jeanine Pirro
    Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro devoted an hour-long special to the many dangerous threats to the US electric grid, including EMP attack, solar flares, and insecure transformers. Video is about 40 minutes. Commercials have been deleted. Watch on YouTube
  • Forget Climate Change: EMP Attack On Power Grid Could Kill 9-In-10

    05/12/2014 9:26:01 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 100 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 12, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Vulnerability: Expert testimony before Congress on Thursday warned that an electromagnetic pulse attack on our power grid and electronic infrastructure could leave most Americans dead and the U.S. in another century. That dire warning came from Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event could wipe out 90% of America's population. Most people's eyes might glaze over upon mention of the committee...
  • Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling

    04/16/2014 12:42:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Evan Halper
    In Congress, the vulnerability of the power grid has emerged as among the most pressing domestic security concerns. ... Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software. The alerts haven't stopped because Crain keeps finding new security holes he can exploit. "There are a lot of people going through various stages of...
  • Hillary to keynote Vegas [Sept] clean energy summit [Reid and CAP = John Podesta, sponsors]

    04/12/2014 12:37:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas this September. The National Clean Energy Summit, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and liberal think tank Center for American Progress, will be held on Sept. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. "I am delighted to welcome Secretary Clinton to Nevada for our seventh National Clean Energy Summit on Sept. 4 in Las Vegas,” Reid said on a call with reporters Friday. Reid touted Clinton's commitment to fighting climate change and boosting the nation's renewable energy resources....
  • Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage

    03/11/2014 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, causing concern that the U.S. grid is “inherently vulnerable” to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), which monitors the threat level. Following at least eight “reports of intrusions at electrical grid facilities in New Jersey” from October 2013 until January 2014, the ROIC’s Intelligence & Analysis Threat Unit issued a report warning that the U.S. electrical grid is “inherently vulnerable” to attacks that could wipe out power across large swaths of the country.
  • Power grid takes on the West Texas drilling boom

    03/06/2014 10:46:31 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 6, 2014 | Emily Pickrell
    The booming oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin has created a voracious demand for power in West Texas, one that the grid is struggling to keep pace with, a Texas grid manager said Thursday. “Growth out in the far West is 20 to 25 percent year over year. It has just exploded and it is all oil field load,” said Brad Jones, vice president of commercial operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the grid for most of Texas. Jones was one of several speakers at a morning panel at the IHS CERAWeek energy summit...
  • Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows

    02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | IBD
    War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism. The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that's ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge," he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism...
  • Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for Terrorism

    02/05/2014 3:57:08 PM PST · by SomeCallMeTim · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Rebecca Smith
    April Sniper Attack Knocked Out Substation, Raises Concern for Country's Power Grid SAN JOSE, Calif.—The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year, when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables. Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.
  • Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama

    01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/29/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office. “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama said in the State of the Union. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I...
  • The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

    01/04/2014 6:52:52 AM PST · by Daffynition · 67 replies
    politico ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | JASON KOEBLER
    When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesn’t do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it.
  • MSM Uninterested in FBI Investigation of 'Terrorist Dry Run' Attack on CA Power Station

    12/30/2013 2:43:20 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    SC Sheriff's Dept released this photo of the attack in progress Last April 16th -the day after the Boston Marathon bombing- one or two individuals militarily attacked a Pacific Gas & Electric electrical substation south of San Jose, CA... you'd think somebody besides blogs and British newspapers would find this of interest, wouldn't you? The operation was systematic, organized, and well planned: assailant(s) first cut both land-line and mobile phone service to the power station before storming the facility at 1am...  firing over 100 rounds into the transformers to see what would happen. In the event, what did happen...
  • The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

    12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by Daralundy · 77 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 13, 2013 | Shane Harris
    When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the...
  • Map – Areas Of Probable Power System Collapse: “130 Million Lacking Power For Several Years”

    12/23/2013 8:58:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 22, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    In just the last twelve months Congressional members and top level administrators at the Department of Homeland Security have warned of threats to the national power grid so serious that should they occur life in America as we have come to know it would change almost instantly. Former DHS head Janet Napolitano, in a letter to her successor, advised that “a massive and serious cyber attack” on the US Homeland is imminent and that a “natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.” This was followed up by a...
  • Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

    12/25/2013 6:35:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12/24/2013 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand. “Smart grid” technology involves a wireless, two-way flow of information between individual homes and the power plant. This allows the utility to charge more for electricity, depending on when it is used; and it enables the utility to manage energy for the consumer, to reduce the impact on the grid.
  • Arkansas Grid Attack Suspect Is Indicted

    12/15/2013 2:40:43 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies
    ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY ^ | December 10, 2013 | Victoria A. Rocha
    SNIPPET: "A federal grand jury has issued an eight-count indictment against a central Arkansas man accused of damaging electric cooperative and other power facilities. Jason Woodring, 37, was indicted on charges relating to sabotage of high-voltage power lines and power stations earlier this year in several cities. Among them: a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier and destruction of energy facilities, including a 115,000-volt transmission line owned by First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville. Woodring faces up to 20 years in prison on the energy facility destruction charges, and life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge. According to an...
  • GridEx II Tomorrow Nov 13-14

    11/12/2013 10:13:16 PM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 11 replies
    11/13/13 | An Insomniac of No Consequence
    Just a reminder, GridEx II is happening on Wednesday into Thursday across the US, Canada and Mexico. They tried similar in England today/yesterday and the South London tubes lost power leaving rush-hour commuters stranded. I cannot imagine what gave anyone the bright idea that trying this on a whole continent was a good idea. Hopefully nothing terrible will happen. Hopefully I am just a nut-job worried over nothing. Lots of info out there if you're interested. Just sayin. God be with us.
  • As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow ( Nov 13-14, 2013)

    11/02/2013 5:49:37 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 84 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 16, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow MATTHEW L. WALD, August 16, 2013 WASHINGTON — The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11. This is why thousands of utility workers,...
  • Expert: “What People Have Got to Know is That They’re On Their Own, Literally…”

    10/27/2013 4:18:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/27/13 | Mac Slavo
    Over coming weeks millions of Americans will be tuning in to NatGeo’s new American Blackout film about surviving in a post-power grid collapse environment that lacks electricity, fresh water and the normal flow of commerce. For most it will be nothing more than standard evening entertainment, but what if such an event turns out to be a future American reality? Such a scenario may seem improbable, but just in the last several years we’ve seen it play out time and again all over the world, albeit in situations limited in time and scope. Hurricane Katrina and over 50,000 people stranded...
  • Report: Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids: “There Is No Way to Stop This”

    10/20/2013 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/20/13 | Mac Slavo
    If you think that our multi-billion dollar electrical power grids are secure and capable of withstanding a coordinated attack, think again. According to one group of engineers, the grid is so vulnerable that it wouldn’t even require a skilled hacker to compromise. In fact, when Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk decided to test some new software they were developing they identified a vulnerability so serious that it could literally blind operational controllers to such an extent that they would be locked out of monitoring systems and unable to maintain grid integrity. The consequences, according to the engineers who note they...
  • Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown (SCADA vulnerabilities)

    10/19/2013 5:44:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH
    Over the past few months, the discoveries of two engineers have led to a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation’s power grid. Yet hardly anyone has noticed. The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country. Using those vulnerabilities, an attacker at a single, unmanned power substation could inflict a widespread power outage. Still, the two engineers who discovered the vulnerability say little is being done. Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk do not specialize in security. The...
  • Britain’s lights could go out next winter! EU green directives have left grid ‘close to limit’

    10/17/2013 8:52:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:11 EST, 17 October 2013 | Tamara Cohen
    Britain could be hit by power cuts next winter because the electricity supply is already “close to its limits”, experts warn. Capacity is so stretched that a cold spell, combined with routine problems at one or more plants, could overwhelm the system and see blackouts in 2014-15, their damning report claims. A major pressure on the National Grid is the forced closure of coal-fired power stations to meet European green directives, the Royal Academy of Engineering says. …
  • Congresswoman: “100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid”

    09/03/2013 4:18:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 141 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/3/13 | Mac Slavo
    The fall-out from a grid-down scenario would be absolutely devastating, as noted by a spokesman for the Center for Security Policy who recently responded to the potential for EMP capable weapons being deployed over the United States: And experts forecast if such an attack were a success, it effectively could throw the U.S. back into an age of agriculture. “Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity,” said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security...
  • "Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken

    08/26/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 371 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 26, 2013 | Matthew Bracken
    Alas, Brave New Babylon By Matt Bracken 1. THE REGAL INN MOTOR LODGE I used to be a history teacher at a private Christian school in Louisiana. I was in my mid-thirties then, unmarried and unattached. It was June and I was on a road trip, cruising up Interstate 81 through the northeastern corner of Tennessee in my Maxima. I was going to spend the month in Pennsylvania, hiking another 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The trail ran 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, and over previous summers I’d hiked it in sections, from south to north. After a...
  • Power Grid Down Drill To Be Conducted By US Government

    08/31/2013 12:44:22 PM PDT · by LucyT · 108 replies
    OffTheGridNews ^ | August 28, 2013 | Tara Dodrill
    Power grid vulnerabilities are finally garnering some attention by government officials. An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill. The SHIELD Act, which is stalled in Congress, is the first serious piece of legislation in many years to attempt to address the vulnerabilities of the power grid in.
  • White House calls for increased grid spending

    08/11/2013 11:11:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 12, 2013 12:03 AM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    The cost of weather-related power outages is high and rising as storms grow more severe and the U.S. electric grid gets older, according to an Obama Administration report that calls for increased spending on the nation’s electric power system. Power outages cost the economy $18 billion to $33 billion per year, according to the report, a figure that has been rising steadily over the past 20 years. That can rise to $40 billion to $75 billion in years with severe storms such as 2008’s Hurricane Ike and last year’s Superstorm Sandy. …
  • The Ultimate North Korean Missile Threat To America: A Nuke Power Grid Attack

    04/15/2013 5:23:37 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 38 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 4/14/2013 | Larry Bell
    It’s way past time for the Obama administration to take North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats seriously. An urgently critical priority must be to counter North Korea’s rapidly-emerging capability to deliver and detonate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device in the sky over America which could knock out electronic computer circuits and paralyze virtually all activities over a vast region. Last December they successfully demonstrated its capability to launch a small payload into orbit, meaning that may soon be able to target regions in the U.S. and other distant locations. A devastating nuclear EMP device could be small, and North Korea...
  • Explosion reported at Plant Bowen (GA Power)

    04/04/2013 3:12:05 PM PDT · by higgmeister · 71 replies
    The Daily Tribune News ^ | 1 hr 39 mins ago 4/4/2013 | by Staff Report
    An explosion has been reported at Georgia Power Plant Bowen. Injuries have been reported via scanner traffic, number and extent are unknown. The source of the explosion is believed to be a turbine within the powerhouse. Read more: The Daily Tribune News - Explosion reported at Plant Bowen
  • Sledgehammer of cyber warfare? EMP attack

    02/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    Enemies' doctrines include devastating blow as part of 'strategic operations' WASHINGTON – Warnings from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that enemy nations are carrying out cyber attacks on the U.S. are on the rise. The target? The U.S. electric infrastructure. Even President Obama has pointed out that “our enemies are also seeking the abilities to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems.” But that may not be the worst of it. Those same adversaries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – also incorporate in...
  • White House inactive on attack dangers ('The threat is on nobody's radar screen')

    01/08/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States now is facing two serious national security challenges, but they aren’t expected to be addressed effectively because of the serious budgetary headaches Congress has created, and a virtually deadlocked legislature on just about every issue pending, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And the White House apparently isn’t paying attention. The first is the growing concern of the impact that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – either natural or manmade – could have on the national grid system, on which the Department of Defense has a 99 percent dependency. The other concern...
  • Boy Shoots Transmission Line, Causes Power Outage

    01/02/2013 4:51:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    WFTV ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
    A 12-year-old north Florida boy shot a high-powered rifle and hit a 69,000-volt transmission line, causing almost 6,000 customers in Lynne, Silver Springs Shores, Silver Springs and Ocklawaha to lose service for several hours. The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/Vw7rxh) reports that the Clay Electric Co-op said the outage began at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasted for about five hours.
  • Nightmare on Main Street: The Power Grid Version Of Bomb Shelters

    12/10/2012 7:19:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Energy Biz Magazine ^ | The November/December 2012 Issue | Martin Rosenberg
    PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT energy story of the summer deserves revisiting. India suffered through massive blackouts that spilled across regions with a combined population about twice that of the United States. The televised images of that outage were easily compartmentalized and dismissed. Here was a far-off undeveloped country. It can't happen here. Thinking about the Indian power calamity, I recalled admonitions from grid and cyber security experts in the United States that it is only a matter of time before terrorists, criminals or a hostile state disrupts the power grid in this country. World War III, should it come, or...
  • Rifle-Toting Terrorists Called Major Threat to U.S. Power Grid

    11/24/2012 6:58:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Brian Wingfield
  • The Electronic Armageddon (EMP's)

    08/02/2012 6:54:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 62 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August, 02, 2012 | Staff
    The Congressionally chartered Task Force on National & Homeland Security (FNHS) will be holding a nationwide webcast on The Electronic Armageddon: EMP. The webcast is a combined effort of the TFNHS, The United West and the New English Review. There is a distinguished panel of experts, new videos and a discussion of solutions for addressing both man-made and natural threats. LIVE STREAM EVENT -FRIDAY- AUGUST 3, 2012 - 11am Est. The Electronic Armageddon Watch the Live broadcast right here at TheUnitedWest.org Featured Guests : R. JAMES WOOLSEY - Former Director, CIA REZA KAHLILI - CIA Covert Operative REP ROSCOE BARTLETT...
  • 370 Million Indians Swelter In Heat After Power Fails

    07/30/2012 8:37:10 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2012 | Ravi Nessman
    Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting trains, forcing hospitals and airports onto backup power and providing a dark reminder of the nation's inability to feed a growing hunger for energy as it strives to become an economic power. While the midsummer outage was unique in its reach - it hit 370 million people, more than the population of the United States and Canada combined - its impact was softened by Indians' familiarity with almost daily blackouts of varying duration. Hospitals and major businesses have backup generators that seamlessly kick in during power cuts, and upscale homes are hooked to...
  • Easy fix eludes power outage problems in US

    07/05/2012 4:45:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 47 replies
    The Capital ^ | By Chris Khan and Eric Tucker
    Easy fix eludes power outage problems in US Buried lines an option, but costly By Chris Khan and Eric Tucker The Capital WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of storms that knocked out power to millions, sweltering residents and elected officials are demanding to know why it's taking so long to restring power lines and why they're not more resilient in the first place. The answer, it turns out, is complicated: Above-ground lines are vulnerable to lashing winds and falling trees, but relocating them underground incurs huge costs - as much as $15 million per mile of buried line - and...
  • Storm hits Washington DC area, thousands without power

    06/29/2012 9:21:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2012
    (Reuters) - A powerful storm hit the U.S. capital on Friday, downing trees with wind gusts of up to 79 miles per hour, topping hurricane force levels and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes in the Washington area. Bands of rain lashed the city and winds toppled power lines and littered the streets with tree limbs as the fast-moving storm, which started in the Midwest after a day of severe heat, reached Washington and its suburbs late in the evening. WTOP radio said more than 800,000 people in the Washington area were without power. The Washington Post...
  • Record High Temperatures - Are You Prepared for Power Grid Failures?

    06/29/2012 9:54:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    Self | June 29, 2012 | Vanity
    With all the news focused on Obamacare, SCOTUS, Fast and Furious, etc., I was just looking at some of the weather forecasts here in Virginia. Remember all the warnings about the effects of shutting down coal plants and the fear that it would potentially cause brown outs or black outs. If they're going to happen this summer, I would think that it's very possible it could happen in the next couple of days. (Hey maybe Obama would even consider martial law to control crime, riots, potential civil unrest in urban areas.) So Freepers have you considered what you would do...
  • 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years

    04/26/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 75 replies
    As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption. Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly...
  • Feds And Utilities Face Off Over The Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Coming In 2014

    04/23/2012 1:52:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 23, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    As scientists warn of an impending solar storm between now and 2014 that could collapse the national power grid, thrusting millions into darkness instantly, a debate has flared up between utilities and the federal government on the severity of such an event. NASA and the National Academy of Sciences previously confirmed to G2Bulletin that an electromagnetic pulse event from an intense solar storm could occur any time between now and 2014. They say it could have the effect of frying electronics and knocking out transformers in the national electric grid system. Already, there are separate published reports of massive solar...
  • Power for the people!

    11/07/2011 8:36:30 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2011 | Staff
    As nearly 3 million people in the Northeast shivered with no power after the freak snowstorm nine days ago -- thanks, in part, to a decaying electricity-delivery system -- yet another “green” energy company backed by President Obama bit the dust. Does Washington ever think about its priorities? Meet Massachusetts-based Beacon Energy, the East Coast’s answer to Solyndra. Beacon was awarded a $43 million federal loan guarantee to build a power-storage station east of Albany that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. It also scooped up a $24 million stimulus grant in 2009.
  • It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency

    06/26/2011 11:38:35 AM PDT · by brityank · 141 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 25,2011 | Anthony Watts
    It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequencyPosted on June 25, 2011 by Anthony Watts“Experiment” on the US power grid will change the way some clocks and other equipment function. A 60 hertz sine wave, over one cycle (360°). The dashed line represents the root mean square (RMS) value at about 0.707 Image: Wikipedia)Story submitted by Joe Ryan The AP has released an “exclusive” story concerning the nationwide “experiment” that will be conducted on the US power grid. The experiment will relieve the power providers from the duty of regulating the frequency...
  • Power grid change may disrupt clocks, traffic lights, security systems and more

    06/26/2011 11:21:27 AM PDT · by matt04 · 61 replies · 2+ views
    A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers — and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast. "A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government. Since 1930, electric clocks have kept time based on the rate of the electrical current that powers them. If the current slips off its usual...