Tag: Electricity

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »

Sempra subsidiary is first utility to get FAA drone license

A San Diego utility company say it’s the first utility in the country to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.  More »

New “peaking” power units coming to Texas

East Texas-based Navasota Energy plans to build natural-gas fired “peaking” units in Guadalupe and Wilson counties capable of quickly sending power to the Texas grid at times of heavy demand.  More »

Texas power companies oppose electric reliability project

More robust competition in the wholesale power market around Houston could mean lower profit margins for big generators operating there, but potential savings for area electric consumers.  More »

‘Dragonfly’ attacks should alert generators to threat, experts say

A new wave of cyberattacks should be a wake-up call to U.S. electricity generators and grid operators who believe their control systems are safe from hackers, data security experts say.  More »

Russian hackers threatening power companies, researchers say

A Russian group of hackers known as “Energetic Bear” is attacking energy companies in the U.S. and Europe and may be capable of disrupting power supplies, cybersecurity researchers said.  More »

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.  More »

Stealthy warship getting jet fuel to prep for high-tech power system

Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy’s biggest destroyer in preparation for firing up some of the world’s largest marine turbines this summer.  More »

Koch to start European power trading as it plans LNG expansion

Koch Supply & Trading will start buying and selling European electricity and expand its liquefied natural gas business to take advantage of a globalizing market for the fuel.  More »

Crumbling US grid gets jolt driving smart Houston power

When fully deployed, CenterPoint’s intelligent grid will give the utility unprecedented control and insight into its almost 50,000 miles of power lines and systems.  More »

Texas power companies warn of scam

Power companies warn that as weather heats up, so do scams that seek money or financial information on the threat of disconnecting electricity that powers precious air conditioning.  More »
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