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Utilities Appeal Millions In Fines For Storms

April 8, 2014 11:36 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Power companies urged the state's highest court Monday to overturn nearly $25 million in penalties imposed by Massachusetts regulators after a pair of 2011 storms, both of which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark — some for over a week.

Cold Snap Knocks Electric Generators Offline

March 13, 2014 3:04 pm | by CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

January's polar vortex knocked several important coal-fired electricity plants in Texas offline...

Off-Site Power Glitch Shuts Down Nuclear Plant

March 4, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say a nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in central New York has been shut...

Promise & Peril In An Ultra-Connected World

March 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Determined hackers seem to constantly find loopholes....

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Long Island Power Grid To Get $1.4B In Upgrades

February 24, 2014 6:35 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The electrical system on New York's Long Island is getting $1.4 billion in federally-paid repairs and upgrades in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Friday. He says it will "dramatically improve" the power grid on Long Island. 

Acta S.p.A. Cooperation Agreement With ReliOn

February 17, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Acta S.p.A. is pleased to announce the signing of a wide-ranging cooperation agreement with ReliOn Inc., one of the largest fuel cell manufacturers in the world specializing in back-up power systems for telecom, government and transportation applications. 

Former Federal Official: Attack Was Terrorism

February 6, 2014 9:30 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism — despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up. 

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Super Bowl Security Plan: 4,000 Police Officers

January 20, 2014 3:33 pm | by TOM HAYS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The game plan for security at this year's Super Bowl will include deployment of nearly 4,000 local police and private security officers, airport-style screening for those entering MetLife Stadium and a host of other measures visible and invisible to the average fan, law enforcement officials said at a briefing on Wednesday at the stadium.

Regulators To Investigate Outages After Ice Storm

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan regulators on Wednesday ordered an investigation into lengthy power outages stemming from a pre-Christmas ice storm that knocked out service to 660,000 customers statewide, the vast majority served by large utilities Consumers Energy and DTE Energy.

Argentine Capital Suffers Blackouts In Heat Wave

December 18, 2013 10:13 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina's power grid can't handle the heat. Power outages are plaguing Buenos Aires as temperatures soar above 95 degrees (35 Celsius) and everyone tries to turn on their air conditioners at once.                 

Storm Snarls Travel; Power Outages Persist

December 10, 2013 10:18 am | by JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press | News | Comments

Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early. Many travelers wished they were home, and people in homes without power wished they were somewhere else. 

'If You See Something, Say Something™' Campaign

November 14, 2013 11:33 am | Videos | Comments

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign is a program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. 

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Guyana & Suriname Lose Internet, Overseas Calls

November 7, 2013 10:16 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

People in both South American countries were unable to connect to the Internet or make overseas calls for several hours. The disruption occurred the day before Guyana's parliament is expected to debate a proposal that would end its monopoly on communication services and allow competitors to enter the market.

Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month

November 5, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

November 2013 has been declared as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of protecting our nation's resources. FEMA, in partnership with DHS National Protection and Program Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, encourages everyone to learn more about critical infrastructure and its potential impacts throughout supply chains.

Electrical Issues Stall NSA Data Warehouse Opening

October 11, 2013 3:22 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS & PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electrical problems have stalled the planned opening this fall of the nation's new $1.7 billion epicenter for fighting global cyber threats — a Utah data center filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of classified information.

Early Snow Kills Thousands Of Cattle In SD

October 8, 2013 8:17 am | by CHET BROKAW, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard. Meanwhile, utility companies were working to restore power to tens of thousands of people still without electricity. 

Superdome Officials Confident Lights Will Stay On

September 9, 2013 2:25 pm | by BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Saints right tackle Zach Strief recalls sadness consuming him when he saw the Superdome go dark during the Super Bowl. Strief had settled permanently in New Orleans since being drafted by the Saints in 2006 — less than a year after Hurricane Katrina — and he understood the central role the rebuilt stadium had played in the city's regrowth.

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Venezuelans: Blackouts Caused By Incompetence, Not Sabotage

September 5, 2013 10:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER & FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans expressed skepticism Wednesday on President Nicolas Maduro's claims that saboteurs caused a blackout that knocked out electricity in about 70 percent of the country, creating chaos in Caracas by interrupting subway service and snarling traffic. For many, no explanation was necessary: Government neglect and incompetence are to blame for blackouts that have plagued Venezuela for years while rarely affecting the capital.

Blackouts Hit Most Of Eight States In Northeast Brazil

August 29, 2013 10:34 am | by BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A widespread power outage hit at least eight states in northeastern Brazil on Wednesday, including four cities that will host matches during football's World Cup next year, authorities said. About two hours after the outage, power was restored to all the state capitals, but smaller cities in the affected area were still without energy, according to the Electric Energy System Operator. 

Yosemite Fire Brings U.S. Utility Emergency

August 26, 2013 9:38 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles (518 sq. kilometers) and spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday, as California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the city of San Francisco 150 miles (240 kilometers) away because of the threat to the city's utilities.

Energy Dept.: Personal Data Compromised By Hackers

August 20, 2013 10:29 am | by MATTHEW DALY,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department says personal information for about 14,000 past and current employees was compromised after the department's computers were hacked. Information such as Social Security numbers and names was disclosed in the attack, which occurred in late July.

The Business (Continuity) Case For Fuel Cells

August 20, 2013 9:28 am | by Sandra Saathoff, Director, Marketing Communication, ReliOn | Articles | Comments

One tool in the quest for ever-increasing reliability in power is the fuel cell. Fuel cells have been commercially available to communications network customers for a decade, with a number of suppliers providing products globally. Within early adopters, fuel cell usage has progressed from early trials to larger rollouts providing critical backup power to several hundred sites in a single network. 

Being Proactive Against The Threat of BYOA

August 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile professionals will use a personal device for work by 2018. Steve Durbin, a former vice president at Gartner who now serves as global vice president for the Information Security Forum (ISF), has seen the quest for enterprise security move its focus off of devices and toward bigger picture issues.

White House Calls For Increased Grid Spending

August 12, 2013 9:48 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY,AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

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.

10 Years After Blackout, U.S. Grid Faces New Threats

August 12, 2013 9:40 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY & KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced.

37 Power Poles Fall Down West Of Salt Lake City

August 8, 2013 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Rocky Mountain Power says 37 power poles have fallen down in Salt Lake City's western suburbs. Utility spokesman David Eskelsen says he couldn't immediately attribute a cause to the problem but was hearing reports that possible microburst winds brought down the power poles.

Power Back In Philippine Province With $93M Bill

July 31, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

Electricity was restored Wednesday to most of a Philippine province that was entirely cut off for more than 24 hours when the national power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid bills. Shops had been closed and hospitals had been running on generators since Tuesday morning in Albay, a province of 1.2 million people. 

Philadelphia Sees Record Rain; Airport Loses Power

July 29, 2013 9:22 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Philadelphia has set a record for one-day rainfall as strong storms rolled through the region, causing flash flooding, power outages and airline cancellations. The deluge caused a power outage at Philadelphia International Airport, where some sections of Terminal A were still without power Monday.  

CT Taps Sites For Stormproof Generating Sites

July 25, 2013 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Connecticut announced on Wednesday the first nine sites for the installation of small power stations that will keep electricity running during and immediately after major storms. The submarine base in Groton, the University of Hartford, Wesleyan University and police and fire stations around Connecticut are among the sites where microgrids will be installed. 

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