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  • What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid

    08/15/2016 9:04:51 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 102 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-08-2016 | Juli
    Delta Airlines recently experienced what it called a power outage in its home base of Atlanta, Georgia, causing all the company’s computers to go offline—all of them. This seemingly minor hiccup managed to singlehandedly ground all Delta planes for six hours, stranding passengers for even longer, as Delta scrambled to reshuffle passengers after the Monday debacle. Where Delta blamed its catastrophic systems-wide computer failure vaguely on a loss of power, Georgia Power, their power provider, placed the ball squarely in Delta’s court, saying that “other Georgia Power customers were not affected”, and that they had staff on site to assist...
  • Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

    08/11/2016 6:02:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 6:47 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group had until next Thursday to respond to his preliminary view that their leasing a 50.4 percent stake in Ausgrid over 99 years would not be in the national interest. The decision almost certainly sinks the deal for the New South Wales state-owned electricity network that would have earned more than 10 billion Australian dollars ($7.6 billion). The money would have been spent on...
  • Dangerous malware discovered in EU energy company

    07/14/2016 9:22:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | ul 15 2016 10:05AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A new piece of sophisticated malware has been discovered on the networks of an unnamed European energy company with what researchers believe is the potential to shut down an energy grid. Endpoint protection firm Sentinel One Labs discovered the malware and dubbed it SFG, revealing it not only collects information on the infected system but opens a backdoor through which a destructive payload could be launched. It affects all versions of Windows and has been produced to overcome next-generation firewalls and anti-virus software. The malware also shuts down when put into a sandboxed environment or a virtual machine to escape...
  • California power grid urges energy conservation on Monday due to heat wave (Flex Alert/SoCal Monday)

    06/19/2016 7:59:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 6/19/16 | Scott DiSavino
    (Reuters) - The California Independent System Operator, or ISO, which operates the state's power grid, issued a Flex Alert for Monday for Southern California from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT because of high temperatures expected in the region.
  • Government, Industry Studying Threat of Nuclear EMP Attack on Electric Grid

    05/20/2016 6:01:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 5/19/2016 | Bill Gertz
    American power companies are studying ways to protect electric grids against a high-altitude nuclear blast and other directed energy attacks that could severely disrupt electricity transmission, an industry representative told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Scott Aaronson, managing director for cyber and infrastructure security at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), stated in testimony that a consortium of U.S. electric companies is working with the Energy Department to study how to protect power grids from a nuclear blast-produced electromagnetic pulse attack or solar flares that could damage transformers and other electric components and shut down power for millions of Americans. “There are...
  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they “have not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • EMP Attack Could Kill 90% of US Population

    04/04/2016 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 141 replies
    Levin TV ^ | 4/4/16 | Mark Levin
    Episode 15 is a video interview by Mark Levin of NHS Task Force Executive Director Dr. Peter Pry about the growing EMP threat. Dr. Pry makes a powerful argument about how vulnerable the US and specifically the American people are to an EMP attack on our electrical infrastructure by North Korea or Iran. It would only take one bomb exploded thirty miles over the continental United States to potentially kill ninety million Americans. The bomb itself would not kill anybody. At any given moment half a million people are flying over the United States. With their electronics destroyed, most of...
  • Burning Down the House in 2016

    02/22/2016 7:08:24 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 86 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | February 22, 2016 | Matthew Bracken
    Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over. Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather. There has got to be a way Burning down the house. By now, it should be obvious to the observant that the 'scoundrels-looting-the-treasury' phase of our economic arc is about played out, and before the entire rotten financial edifice collapses, there will be a war ignited across Europe and the Middle East which will serve as a distraction for the masses, while the very worst of the scoundrels take to ground to wait for the smoke to clear before they emerge. The gangsters actually directing the...
  • Nationwide Air Force & Army COMEX communication GRID down exercise Friday 02/12/2016

    02/08/2016 9:10:14 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 69 replies
    Prince William Amateur Radio Emergency Services ^ | 02/08/2016 | larence, K4CNM – (AAA3R3, Army MARS Region Three Operations Officer)
    Nationwide Air Force & Army COMEX communication GRID down exercise Friday 02/12/2016 http://blog.pwcares.org/?p=182 Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Events, PWCARES Air Force & Army MARS COMEX 2016/01/19 David Lane Air Force & Army MARS COMEX By: Clarence, K4CNM – (AAA3R3, Army MARS Region Three Operations Officer) The Air Force and Army MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) will conduct their first 2016 communications exercise (COMEX) from 7:00 am until 6:59 pm EST on Friday, 12 February. The scenario will be: there is no power, no phones (cell or landline), and no internet. Also, internet linked radio repeaters (such as D-Star) should not...
  • The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

    02/07/2016 8:37:18 AM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 25 January 2016 | Sarah Zielinski
    The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study suggests. There’s a catch, though. The country would have to build a new national transmission network so that states could share energy.“Our idea was if we had a national ‘interstate highway for electrons’ we could move the power around as it was needed, and we could put the wind and solar plants in the very best places,” says study co-author Alexander MacDonald. Several years ago, MacDonald was curious about claims...
  • Ukraine Goes Dark: Russia-Attributed Hackers Take Down Power Grid

    01/14/2016 7:26:19 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2016 | Riley Walters
    As many as 80,000 residents in western Ukraine lost power for six hours on Dec. 23. Cybersecurity firms SANS ICS and iSight Partners have attributed the blackout to Russian hacking group Sandworm and its malicious software, BlackEnergy 3. Cyberattacks on power grids and other critical infrastructure are not new, but this most recent attack seems to be the first use of cyber as a weapon with kinetic effects during an ongoing conflict, highlighting the growing importance of cybersecurity. While an analysis of the cyberattack is ongoing, BlackEnergy has a history of targeting information control systems. For the Prikarpattiaoblenergo electric company...
  • Ukraine blackout is a cyberattack milestone

    01/06/2016 2:44:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cnet ^ | 01/05/2016 | katie collins
    A massive power outage in Ukraine last month has been attributed to hackers targeting the electricity grid with malware. Security researchers say it is the first known instance of a blackout being credibly linked to the actions of malicious hackers. ... Attacks on energy sources are fairly commonplace, but have never before caused a blackout, John Hultquist, iSight's head of cyberespionage intelligence practice, told Ars. That makes it a milestone, he said. "It;s the major scenario we've all been concerned about for so long." ... As for who might be responsible for the attack, Ukraine has already pointed the finger....
  • Looming Threat of Extreme Solar Storms Prompts White House Response

    11/12/2015 5:41:36 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 42 replies
    http://www.accuweather.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Michael Kuhne
    In the late summer of 1859, an extreme geomagnetic storm bombarded the planet, igniting the ghostly, emerald lights of the aurora across skies as far south as Cuba. These powerful solar eruptions of magnetized plasma hitting the Earth caused telegraph wires to spark, disabled communications and set fire to several telegraph offices, according to NASA In the modern world, the threat of space weather is far greater as storms like the Carrington Event of 1859 pose a risk to interconnected power grids, airline operations, satellites and communications networks across the globe. "The overall goal is to ensure that the nation...
  • Lights Out: Has Ted Koppel Become a 'Rightwing' Survivalist?

    11/03/2015 11:21:42 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 3, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Remember when, not so long ago, much of the Mainstream Media was mocking people who stocked up on emergency supplies ("preppers") in case of a catastrophe as a bunch of "rightwing" survivalist kooks wearing tinfoil hats? Well, it now appears that Ted Koppel is wearing a tinfoil hat because he is warning about a possible apocalyptic catastrophe that could knock out the nation's power grid for up to two years and is recommending that people stock up on emergency supplies. Such recommendations are made in his recently published book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. We shall...
  • White House Preparing For Catastrophic Solar Flares

    10/31/2015 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 10/30/15 | Michael Harthorne
    If a giant solar flare hit the Earth, it could knock out the entire power grid, meaning no more new Taylor Swift singles, no more televised presidential debates, and no more Facebook photos of babies. But it wouldn't be all good news. The Washington Postreports the elecromagnetic pulse—or EMP—created by such an event could wipe out electricity for months on end, creating a global catastrophe. That's why the White House released its National Space Weather Strategy on Thursday. According to the Houston Chronicle, the multiagency plan details how the US will prepare for—and deal with—a massive EMP from space. The six-step plan requires government...
  • When America's lights go out forever (Israel does not share America's vulnerability)

    10/20/2015 10:59:39 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 43 replies
    WND ^ | October 20, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    The Department of Homeland Security acknowledges ISIS has been attempting to hack U.S. electrical grids. Fortunately, to date, we’ve all been very fortunate the attacks have been unsuccessful. But one day our luck will run out. That will be a very dark day for America. What keeps America alive is the electrical grid. If it goes down, for a week or longer, the devastation will be incalculable. Many will die. Some won’t be able to heat their homes. No one will be able to buy gasoline. Offices and businesses close down. Supermarket shelves will be barren. Some, who rely on...
  • 'They'd Love To Do Damage': The FBI Says ISIS Wants To Go After...Power Grid

    10/19/2015 7:22:07 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 10-19-2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Jeremy BenderOctober 19, 2015 ISIS hackers are attempting to penetrate the US energy grid to carry out cyberattacks and take down parts of the country's energy supply, CNN Money reports. The hackers, however, have so far proved to be inept. Law-enforcement officials shared the information about attempted cyberattacks at a conference on October 14 with American energy firms about potential national-security issues. "Strong intent. Thankfully, low capability," John Riggi, a section chief in the FBI's cyber division, told CNN about ISIS' hacking attempts. "But the concern is that they'll buy that capability." That concern is warranted, the FBI told CNN....
  • Heading Toward An EMP Catastrophe

    08/01/2015 11:09:02 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 102 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 23, 2015 | AMBASSADOR R. JAMES WOOLSEY, DR. PETER VINCENT PRY
    Texas State Senator Bob Hall, a former USAF Colonel and himself an EMP expert, characterizes as "equivalent to treason" the behavior of the electric utilities and their lobbyists: "As a Texas State Senator who tried in the 2015 legislative session to get a bill passed to harden the Texas grid against an EMP attack or nature's GMD, I learned first hand the strong control the electric power company lobby has on elected officials. We did manage to get a weak bill passed in the Senate but the power companies had it killed in the House. A very deceitful document which...
  • Let's Worry about a Real Threat

    07/20/2015 2:53:50 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Norman Rogers
    The electric grid is a stellar achievement of civilization. Without the grid, modern civilization would collapse. In the U.S., thousands of electric generating plants are interconnected by thousands of miles of transmission lines. Electricity is generated as it is consumed. These days, there is a lot of tampering with the electric grid. People who wouldn’t know a generator from a turbine are suddenly making no small plans to reform it. We now have good electricity and bad electricity. Good electricity is generated without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2). But that rule is not rigid, because nuclear electricity, and hydro electricity, if...
  • U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With ‘Increasing’ Hacking Attacks, Government Warns

    06/24/2015 2:23:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Adam Kredo
    Major attacks on the U.S. power grid system are “increasing,” with hackers stepping up efforts to penetrate critical systems and to implant malicious software that could compromise the power grid and result in a nationwide crisis, according to a government report. While experts have long signaled that the U.S. power grid and related systems are vulnerable to physical attacks by terrorists and other individuals, the U.S. government is now warning that sensitive computer systems that maintain the grid are increasingly being attacked, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that was not made public until the Federation of American...
  • Strike 3! A third CME raises Watch to G3 level for 22 June

    06/21/2015 7:26:01 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 123 replies
    NOAA.gov ^ | June 21st 2015 | NOAA
    A third, much faster coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to catch up with the two observed on 18 and 19 June bringing them all to Earth in close succession by the UTC day of 22 June 2015. The CME was associated with an R1-Minor flare event observed at 0142 UTC (9:21 pm ET) from Sunspot Region 12371 located near center disk. A G3-Strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for 22 June as well as a G2-Moderate Watch for 23 June as the CMEs make their way past Earth. These Watches supersede all prior forecasts. Stay tuned to...
  • Are we ready for an attack on the power grid?

    03/25/2015 8:34:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a disturbing statistic. Federal energy records indicate that there is an attack – either physical or cyber – on the United States power grid, on average, every three to four days. But before we get into too much of a panic, this doesn’t sound like some sort of concerted terrorist strategy. Still, a definite cause for concern. About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack, a USA TODAY analysis of federal energy records finds.Although...
  • Conservative stars offer crash-course in saving America (Security summit Saturday for grassroots)

    03/13/2015 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | March 12, 2015 | Garth Kant
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas WASHINGTON – Some of the top minds and leaders in the nation are asking for the help of ordinary citizens to protect America. Conservative stars such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., want to spread word among the grassroots about the greatest dangers America faces and what people can do to effect solutions on a local level. The South Carolina National Security Action Summit is open to the public and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center at 1066 Sunset Blvd.,...
  • South African Electricity Supply Infrastructure Crumbles...

    02/09/2015 5:40:41 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 23 replies
    The New Observer ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2015 | TNO STAFF— IN AFRICA
    Only sixteen percent of blacks in the sprawling South African township of Soweto, Johannesburg, pay for their electricity, while South Africa’s electricity supply infrastructure is rapidly crumbling due to incompetent Third World management and lack of maintenance. The situation is so dire that local media have now reported that the government has been briefed on emergency measures in the event of a total national electricity blackout. The extent of the problem was graphically revealed when late last year, shock photographs—taken in secret by one of the employees of the state-run Electricity Supply Commission (Eskom)—were leaked of one of the country’s...
  • EPA Putting Electricity Grid At Risk

    01/23/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Duncan
    When the temperature dips below freezing, reliable electricity becomes more than a matter of convenience but a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the reliability of our electric grid is at-risk due to EPA regulations that are shutting down America’s coal plants.Existing EPA regulations already have led to the scheduled shutdown of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. coal fleet. EPA’s newest carbon regulations being finalized this summer will lead to even more shutdowns. With coal responsible for generating nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, these shutdowns will further strain our nation’s electricity grid and could leave many Americans in...
  • 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 · 78 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 Cooperativeďżź 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,...