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  • Retired Firefighter Shoots Up AT&T Utility Trucks Outside Hialeah Home: Police

    08/13/2017 6:54:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jul 20, 2017
    "He just lost his mind for a moment," a Hialeah police detective saidA former Miami-Dade firefighter was arrested after he shot at two AT&T utility trucks while two workers were wiring cables outside his home in Hialeah Wednesday, police said. Cellphone video filmed by one of the workers shows a gunman walking toward the trucks and firing several shots, blowing out the trucks' tires. The suspect, identified as Jorge Jove, reloaded his weapon several times, police said. Moments later, officers arrived at the home off Southeast 5th Place and 6th Avenue near Okeechobee Road and took Jove into custody. The...
  • DHS: No evidence hackers infected Vermont power grid

    01/01/2017 11:16:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Eric Geller
    Federal authorities see no signs that hackers breached Vermont's electric grid using suspected Russian malware that infected a power company's laptop, the Department of Homeland Security said tonight. "While our analysis continues, we currently have no information that indicates that the power grid was penetrated in this cyber incident,” J. Todd Breasseale, DHS's assistant secretary for public affairs, told POLITICO in a statement. The discovery of the malware, first reported Friday by The Washington Post, inspired immediate concern that suspected Russian cyber-assaults against the United States had spread to the electric power supply, one of the nation's most sensitive potential...
  • Why the Texas Electric Grid Matters to U.S. Security

    10/07/2016 5:20:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2016 | David Grantham
    (Editors’ note: This column is co-authored by NCPA Research Associate Luke Twombly) The second presidential debate might mention that a Russian state newspaper predicted direct confrontation with the United States over Syria. Neither candidate will probably note that the escalation comes as solutions to protect America’s frighteningly vulnerable electric grid system languish on Capitol Hill. Each should be reminded that an increasingly popular target for U.S. adversaries sits largely unguarded. Thankfully, Texas can take the lead. As the only state with a self-contained grid, Texas finds itself in a remarkable position to protect the nation by protecting itself. The primary...
  • This is How You’ll Bail out Municipal Pension Funds: Check the bills in your mailbox. [Chicago]

    09/17/2016 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 15 September 2016 | Wolf Richter
    It has gotten so bad that the phrase “Pension Crisis” made it into Wikipedia. It’s the perplexing reality that municipal, state, federal, and corporate pensions in the US and similar schemes around the world are so badly underfunded that it will be impossible to fulfill the promises by a wide margin. By many trillions of dollars. With state and municipal pension funds in the US, the situation is particularly tricky because the beneficiaries are voters and employees of the government, and politicians of all stripes bought their votes with promises of low contributions and rising benefits. They got away with...
  • Can EVs Save Electric Utilities?

    05/18/2016 3:46:32 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-05-2016 | Len
    Electric cars hold the potential to destroy the oil business and save the electricity business. The big question now is when this will happen. Last year the world consumed about 93 million barrels of crude oil per day. About 42 percent of that, or 39.5 mmbpd, was used for transportation. In its recent price swoon, oil prices went from over $100 per barrel to under $30 per barrel with a production surplus of 2 mmbpd worldwide. How would the industry fare with a surplus that was seven times greater?
  • Nuclear Milestones Confront Exelon, FPL, and TVA

    05/06/2016 8:16:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    powermag.com ^ | Thomas Overton
    In Illinois, Exelon again warned that the long-challenged Clinton and Quad Cities plants would shut down unless the Illinois legislature passed a bill that would provide economic support for the two plants ... Meanwhile in Florida, Florida Power & Light’s (FPL’s) bid to build two more units at its Turkey Point Nuclear Plant south of Miami continues to run into opposition. On April 20, a state court reversed approval for a new transmission line that would carry power from the two reactors. Two days later, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved a plan to deal with serious saline...
  • Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar

    03/28/2016 4:44:21 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-03-2016 | Die Sonne
    Solar energy is rapidly becoming one of the top choices for new electricity capacity as costs continue to decline and generous public policies accelerate tremendous growth for the sector. Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momentum is set to continue. In 2016, the EIA expects the U.S. electricity market to see 26 gigawatts of new capacity installed. Utility-scale solar is expected to capture 9.5 GW of that total, or more than one-third. If that comes to pass, it would be triple the rate of installations of utility-scale solar compared to 2015, and would also...
  • Energy Poverty Around the World

    03/16/2016 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Obama Administration has illegally bypassed Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the States and their Public Utility Commissions The global warming/climate change industry has been aggressively pushing renewable energy, wind, solar, and biofuels for a long time even though the economies of various industrialized countries need much more energy than what renewables generate. The green activists have been zealously lobbying Congress and the EPA to change the laws, rules, and regulations that would make it much more expensive and difficult for fossil fuel energy producers to survive while passing the higher costs onto consumers, impoverishing those customers on fixed...
  • Utilities Just Declared War On Solar

    02/16/2016 3:25:17 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 16 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-02-2016 | warren
    n 2015, the U.S. saw 16 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity installed, which accounted for two-thirds of the total. Solar alone accounted for about one-third of new capacity last year. Natural gas only captured 25 percent of the newly installed capacity despite several years of incredibly low prices. The banner year for clean energy occurred while 11 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity came offline as old plants were retired amid rising costs and stricter environmental regulation. The clean energy transition is very much underway. But the backlash from incumbent industries has also sprung to life. With solar and wind suddenly...
  • Did The Supreme Court Just Put The Nail In The Coffin For Utilities?

    01/26/2016 3:20:03 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-01-2016 | utile
    The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745: Bad News for Electric Generators and Good News for Consumers On Monday (January 25) the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6 to 2 decision, issued a ruling supporting the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 745 in a case titled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vs Electric Power Supply Association (FERC vs EPSA). The issue before the court was whether FERC could compel regional power markets in the U.S. to pay consumers who reduce their electricity usage at critical periods. And if so, at what price? Consumers have adopted a panoply of energy...
  • The Continuing Saga of Smart Meters

    10/31/2015 11:16:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Utilities are obligated to offer customers this choice. However, it can be expensive, should one decide to keep traditional meters in order to preserve health, privacy, and the ability to purchase truly cheaper electricity For those of you who have just heard of smart meters, or have had one placed on your home knowingly or unknowingly, or for those who think that said smart meters are a new development around the world to make it cheaper and easier for you to get electricity, gas and water via the smart grid, think again. Rationing and control of your usage of electricity,...
  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals — all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental group’s forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • 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...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • Saving Money on Water After Heavy Rain

    07/21/2015 9:05:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Consumer Bob
    Wait before turning on the sprinklers Heavy downpours across Southern California this weekend may help some make their water bill a little lighter this month. San Diego resident Shelley Stapley said the weekend rain was great for the soil in her tomato garden. "It is saturated; the soil is wet," said Stapley. She usually waters her plants by hand but now she's waiting a while before watering again. "Less water, less money for the bill because water is really expensive," said Stapley. California drought regulations ban watering for 48 hours after a rain, but Mark Mahady with Walter Andersen Nursery...
  • This Jaw-Dropping Slide Shows Why Saudi Arabia Makes So Much Money on Oil

    07/12/2015 11:38:00 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies
    fool.com ^ | Jul 12, 2015 at 10:15AM | Matthew DiLallo
    This Jaw-Dropping Slide Shows Why Saudi Arabia Makes So Much Money on Oil Schlumberger Limited points out just how much harder it is for U.S. oil companies to keep up with Saudi Arabia. A lot of reasons have been given as to why Saudi Arabia is allowing the oil price to not only fall but remain weak. Some suggest it's because it's seeking to harm emerging rivals like the U.S. and Russia. Others have suggested that the move is because it wants to keep its regional rival Iran at bay. While both could be true, the reason Saudi Arabia isn't...
  • David V. Goliath: Small-Cap Tech To Save Giant Coal

    05/06/2015 2:25:53 PM PDT · by Opintel · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-05-2015 | globalintel
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new mercury pollution regulations that took effect last month opened the flood gates for a new multi-billion-dollar energy industry that has investors scrambling to get in on second-generation technology poised for massive revenue gains. When the EPA measures to curb mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants over 25 megawatts took effect on 16 April, it wasn’t only environmentalists who were popping the champagne corks—technology companies specializing in mercury remediation broke out the glasses as well. After all, the new regulations created a $2 billion-a-year, federally mandated business for them virtually overnight. These Federal regulations add...
  • Workers Say They Are Hurting In West Coast Port Slowdown

    12/28/2014 7:18:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    The West Coast port slowdowns are hurting workers as well as retailers this holiday season.The NBC affiliate in Seattle reported that many of those who work for the ports can’t afford utilities or Christmas gifts for their families because the slowdowns have delayed their paychecks. The work slowdowns are the result of a seven-month labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Each side of the dispute blames the other.Vicki Raiter, the mother of one of the Port of Tacoma workers, told the local NBC affiliate, “If the shipments aren’t coming, then...
  • Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

    12/17/2014 2:32:36 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 30 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-17-14 | John Eick
    The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small printing business this past October. With no change in the amount of his work or his thermostat, his electricity bill climbed to $788 in November – an increase of 110 percent in just one month. What the article reveals (perhaps unintentionally) are the likely consequences of heavy handed government policies...
  • New EPA Regulations Will Raise Electricity Rates by 27 to 50 Percent

    11/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 25 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-20-14 | John Eick
    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a step further. In addition to the Clean Power Plan, EPA has recently finalized, proposed, or will soon propose a slew of environmental regulations affecting the electric power sector. These include new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to...