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  • Turkey Vulture Sparks Martinez Wildfire After Shorting Out Between Power Lines

    06/17/2015 5:18:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    A wildfire sparked by a turkey vulture that caught fire after shorting out two power lines according to a witness burned parts of an RV and two properties in Martinez Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $80,000 in damage, a fire official said. Firefighters responded at 10:42 a.m. to the vegetation fire in the 800 block of Howe Road, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Inspector Steve Aubert said. The witness told KPIX 5’s Don Ford that he saw the large turkey vulture short out between two power lines. When the bird began to burn, it started the brush fire....
  • Flaming Hawk With Snake in Its Talons Sparks Fire Near La Jolla

    06/09/2015 5:58:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3,974 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 | R. Stickney
    The cause of an early morning fire north of San Diego was an electrocuted bird falling from an active power lineA bird carrying a snake in its talons struck power lines north of San Diego, sparking a hillside fire just west of The Merge. San Diego Police arrived to the location on Dunhill Street near the intersection of Interstates 5 and 805 just before 6 a.m. Flames were burning very close to businesses including the General Atomics building, officials said. Officers called in San Diego Fire-Rescue crews who contained the fire within an hour. Fire officials initially told NBC 7...
  • 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...
  • Paraglider Killed After Striking Power Lines

    11/25/2012 8:39:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | November 25, 2012 6:39 PM
    SAN JACINTO ( — Authorities say a paraglider was killed Sunday after striking some live power lines in San Jacinto. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon before 1:40 p.m., according to officials. The unidentified paraglider was in a remote mountainside area of Riverside County — near Soboba Road — at the time of the accident. Riverside County Fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said a rescue helicopter flew to the paraglider’s rescue but he died of his injuries.
  • 'Iran discovered listening device near nuclear site'

    09/23/2012 11:35:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/23/2012 | Staff
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guards discovered an electronic monitoring device near the Fordow nuclear site in northern Iran last month, The Sunday Times reported Sunday, citing western intelligence sources. Soldiers were checking on communications terminals at Fordow when they discovered a rock, according to the report. When the soldiers attempted to move the rock, it exploded, presumably self-destructing. The device was reportedly capable of intercepting data from computers in Fordow. The Iranians did not report the discovery, according to the Times. Iran uses the Fordow facility to enrich uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, the part of its work...
  • No easy fix in massive power outage

    07/04/2012 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 4, 2012 | Eric Tucker and Chris Kahn (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 that gets passed onto consumers.
  • Deer Disoriented by Power Lines

    06/11/2009 11:41:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 1,224+ views
    livescience ^ | 6 June 2009 | Stéphan Reebs
    To aesthetes, high-voltage power lines are a blight on the rural landscape. But zoologists at the University of Duisburg–Essen in Germany welcome them as a tool for testing the power of large ruminants to perceive Earth's magnetic field. Last year, a team led by Hynek Burda and Sabine Begall discovered that free-ranging cattle and deer tend to align their bodies in a north–south direction. The animals sure seemed to be responding to the geomagnetic field. If so, the zoologists reasoned, they should lose their orientation when they graze or rest near power lines, because the current passing in the lines...
  • Consortium Drops Its Plan to Build New Power Lines

    04/04/2009 8:08:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 521+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2009 | Leslie Kaufman
    A consortium of private investors that sought to build high-voltage electricity transmission lines to carry power from renewable sources upstate to New York City said on Friday that it was suspending its efforts. The consortium, New York Regional Interconnect, cited a ruling made on Tuesday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington upholding a review process that demands that each such project be subject to a cost-benefit analysis and receive the support of 80 percent of the beneficiaries. Regional Interconnect said it interpreted the decision as giving its main competitor, Con Edison, which purchases almost all of the electricity...
  • Want Green Jobs? Cut the Green Tape (Ain't Gonna Happen - Obama = Energy Destruction)

    03/05/2009 6:32:11 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 8 replies · 357+ views
    IceCAP: Opinion Columns ^ | Mar 05, 2009 | Karen Harbert
    Want Green Jobs? Cut the Green Tape By Karen Harbert We hear a lot today about generating green jobs along with green power and fuel. But as Congress just passed a stimulus package with tens of billions of dollars in spending for clean energy and infrastructure projects, we have to ask ourselves what are the odds these projects will go forward when existing projects are being stymied. The fact is, our energy sector suffers from a lengthy, unpredictable, and needlessly complex regulatory maze that delays, if not halts entirely, construction of new energy infrastructure. Federal and state environmental statutes-such as...
  • New Grid for Renewable Energy Could Be Costly

    02/09/2009 5:37:51 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 626+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2009 | Rebecca Smith
    A substantial increase in the amount of electricity produced from renewable energy would require building a transmission system that would carry a price tag of up to $100 billion, according to a new study. The new system would be needed because the existing eastern grid couldn't handle the volume of power coming from the wind-producing states. In addition, the new grid would need to be able to handle the fluctuating nature of wind power, which can surge at some moments and drop sharply at others. There is strong political and public support for increasing production of renewable energy, and Congress...
  • Obama: Economy plan means lower power bills

    01/24/2009 5:59:10 AM PST · by flowerplough · 45 replies · 293+ views
    msnbc/ap ^ | 24 Jan
    President Barack Obama on Saturday laid out more pieces of an economic plan he says would add 3,000 miles of electrical lines, increase security at 90 ports and double the United States' renewable energy capacity within three years. It was the latest appeal from the new president for a massive spending bill designed to inject almost a trillion dollars into a flailing U.S. economy and to fulfill campaign pledges. As members of Congress consider an $825 billion plan and Obama woos them, his White House released a radio and Internet address directed at voters who want answers. ( ... )...
  • Utility finds foes to renewable energy line plan

    06/15/2008 11:53:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 492+ views
    AP ^ | June 15, 2008 | Elliot Spagat
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It seems like an idea any environmentalist would embrace: Build one of the world's largest solar power operations in the Southern California desert and surround it with plants that run on wind and underground heat. Yet San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and its potential partners face fierce opposition because the plan also calls for a 150-mile, high-voltage transmission line that would cut through pristine parkland to reach the nation's eighth-largest city. The showdown over how to get renewable energy to consumers will likely play out elsewhere around the country as well, as state regulators require...
  • Cows are dying, and farmers think they know why[MN][Power Lines?]

    01/08/2008 5:47:58 PM PST · by BGHater · 43 replies · 211+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 07 Jan 2008 | H.J. Cummins
    In lawsuits filed against utilities, some farmers contend stray voltage from overloaded power lines nearby has killed their cattle. Xcel Energy argues the cow deaths could be blamed on other factors. As dead cow No. 79 lay stiff in a tractor scoop one recent cold morning on Greg Siewert's dairy farm, it was pretty clear in the nearby sick barn which would become No. 80. Wobbly on three legs, the fourth swollen and kinked at her side, one cow stared out below stooped shoulders, her black and white coat hanging dull and low from a grim row of ribs. "It's...
  • Power corridor elicits protests

    05/16/2007 11:06:24 AM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 349+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-16-07 | Tom Ramstack
    Several hundred Northern Virginia residents and officials packed an Arlington hotel ballroom yesterday to protest the Energy Department's proposal to build an electrical transmission line through Northern Virginia. They said the lines would displace them from their homes, reduce their property values and ruin pristine and historical countryside. "Two Realtors have told me my property is worthless right now because nobody would buy it," said Judy Almquist, a retired widow who said she depends on apartments she rents in Fauquier County for her income. The property lies in the path of a proposed transmission line.
  • Youth sought over 25,000 volt cable stunt

    08/25/2006 3:51:26 PM PDT · by reagan_fanatic · 4 replies · 244+ views
    Youth sought over 25,000 volt cable stunt British Transport Police appealed for help today to trace a youth who was seen swinging from overhead power cables by train passengers. The death-defying stunt happened near a footbridge over the West Coast Main Line in the Bolehall area of Tamworth, Staffordshire, about half a mile south of the town's railway station. The bare-chested man was seen by a passenger from Lancaster who was travelling on a service from London Euston to Glasgow earlier this month. The passenger captured the man on his camera phone and later passed the image to the police....
  • Texas - TXU plans high-speed Internet-over-powerlines to 2 million customers

    12/18/2005 10:42:22 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 934+ views
    TXU and CURRENT Communications to Create Nation's First Multipurpose Smart Grid Texas-based utility TXU Electric Delivery, the nation’s sixth large electric transmission and distribution company and a subsidiary of TXU Corp., and CURRENT Communications Group, LLC have announced an agreement to transform TXU’s power distribution network into the nation’s first broadband-enabled ‘smart’ electric grid. Key elements of the announcement include the following: CURRENT will construct a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) network to serve more than two million TXU Electric Delivery customers in the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and in other Texas communities. Overlaid on the existing electric distribution...
  • Clumsy cable thieves bring down seven pylons

    06/16/2005 5:08:41 AM PDT · by Cowman · 2 replies · 312+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 15, 2005 | Reuters (no byline)
    Clumsy cable thieves bring down seven pylons Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:01 PM BST BEIJING (Reuters) - The high-wire theft of a power line in north China went spectacularly wrong when a loose cable got tangled up with a passing truck and pulled down seven pylons, state media said on Wednesday. Theft of power lines has become rampant, the China Daily said, two days after the cut cable left 80,000 people in the dark. Despite the shock, it didn't say if anyone had been charged. The high-tension cable was cut in Huayin, northern Shaanxi province, and fell on to the...
  • Power Lines: Dangerous or not?

    02/21/2005 12:38:13 PM PST · by CharlieOK1 · 94 replies · 3,346+ views
    myself | 2/21/05 | me
    My wife and I are close to making an offer on a house in our neighborhood. Everything about it is perfect, with the one thing I am unsure about being its proximity to power lines. We currently live in the same neighborhood, but in the middle which is not nearly as close to them. This is a huge neighborhood with tons of homes directly underneath them, which makes me think this is me worrying over nothing, and this one would be near but not directly underneath.I am finding lots of conflicting info. Some sources say that there is "definitely" a...
  • FCC adopts rules for broadband over power line

    10/18/2004 6:43:55 AM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 26 replies · 1,033+ views
    Mobile Radio Technology ^ | Oct 15, 2004 | Donny Jackson and Glenn Bischoff
    FCC commissioners yesterday unanimously approved rules for broadband over power line (BPL) technology, which policymakers hope will provide the elusive third broadband access line into most U.S. homes and reduce—or eliminate—the need to regulate the broadband industry. Certainly the most outspoken opposition to BPL has come from the amateur radio community, which has claimed that BPL will create interference with its operations. FCC Chairman Michael Powell called amateur radio operators “an important resource” and expressed hope that the rules the FCC has created will protect them, but he said obstructing the deployment of BPL is not an option. “The potential...
  • Wired moose

    10/17/2004 12:52:10 PM PDT · by Dinsdale · 59 replies · 2,638+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Sunday, October 17, 2004 | By TIM MOWRY
    It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a bull moose hanging by its antlers from an electrical power line in the middle of the Alaska wilderness. In one of those only-in-Alaska stories that will shock even the sourest of sourdoughs, a trophy-sized bull moose was accidentally strung up in a power line under construction to the Teck Pogo gold mine southeast of Fairbanks. The moose apparently got its antlers tangled in electrical wire before workers farther down the line pulled the line tight about two weeks ago. The moose was suspended 50 feet in the air when workers, recognizing...
  • Tower collapse that halted trains may be sabotage

    10/11/2004 5:30:24 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 39 replies · 2,030+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/11/2004 | Robert Herguth
    Authorities suspect sabotage was behind the collapse of two enormous electrical transmission towers in Wisconsin that halted Amtrak train service between Chicago and Milwaukee for much of the weekend. That service should be normal today -- but investigators will be back to search for clues. An FBI anti-terrorism task force is working with the Oak Creek (Wis.) Police Department in getting to the bottom of Saturday's tumbling of the two towers. Nobody was hurt, but freight and passenger train service was halted until Sunday evening while crews cleared the power lines from the tracks -- the towers landed nearby --...
  • ARRL Takes Issue with Public Funding of New York Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) Project

    06/12/2004 8:09:47 PM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 10 replies · 258+ views
    ARRL Takes Issue with Public Funding of New York BPL Project The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 24 June 11, 2004 The ARRL has questioned the propriety of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant from public funds to promote a broadband over power line (BPL) project. The project is believed to be the BPL field test now under way in Briarcliff Manor. The Westchester County community is just north of New York City. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, on June 10 faxed a strongly worded letter to NYSERDA President Peter R. Smith asserting that acknowledged...
  • FBI Investigating Sabotage of West Coast Power Lines

    10/30/2003 10:17:38 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 13 replies · 165+ views
    Congressional Quarterly (via Drudge Report) ^ | October 30, 2003 | Jeff Stein
    An "individual with an extensive criminal record" is suspected of loosening the bolts on the base of high voltage electrical transmission towers in California and Oregon, authorities said Thursday in a bulletin to West Coast utilities. "Several incidents involving the removal of support bolts at the base of electric high-power transmission towers have been reported on the West Coast, between Oregon and California," said the warning from the National Counterintelligence Executive, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. "Although not confirmed at this time, due to the common modus operandi and Pacific Northwest locations of these events, the sabotage...
  • Bolts removed from a (high-voltage)tower in Sacramento, FBI investigating

    10/29/2003 6:35:35 PM PST · by Brian S · 41 replies · 193+ views
    <p>Missing bolts from a high-voltage electricity tower in Sacramento had been removed, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.</p> <p>The incident comes after a handful of similar events in Northern California and Oregon since Oct. 20, when witnesses chased a man from the base of a tower in Redding.</p>
  • Oregon fire covers 460 square miles, nears power lines

    08/12/2002 7:53:20 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 14 replies · 431+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | August 12, 2002 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Oregon's largest wildfire in more than a century threatened power lines feeding several Northern California towns yesterday as crews tried to stop a slow creep along its southeastern flank. Hand crews had created three or four fire lines in front of the advancing flames west of O'Brien, but said they would have to ask Pacific Power to shut down the power lines if the wildfire got too close. When carbon-rich smoke thickens around the cables, it can cause the electricity from the lines to arc, endangering firefighters. Turning off the power would put the California towns of Gasquet, Hiouchi and...