Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit: More Regional Cooperation Needed

October 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Midwest Power Outlook

Some energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, the entity responsible for managing the electric grid in the Midwest and middle South region, is tight on power supplies and faces an increasing risk of blackouts.[read more]

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

April 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick of it, that’s because they’ve been losing power a lot more often over the last decade.[read more]

In the Dark, Again and Again

February 11, 2014 by Lewis Milford

If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff is not a climate resilient solution.[read more]

One Year Following Sandy, Go Out And Create A (Micro)grid You Can Be Proud Of

November 9, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Microgrids and Resiliency

It’s tough to believe that only one year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck the Atlantic coast. The devastation from the massive storm was wide-spread and unyielding, and ended up knocking out power to over 8.5 million people in a matter of hours.[read more]

European Renewable Energy Subsidies Under Fire From Major Power Generators

October 17, 2013 by Rod Adams

The various leaders of electric power companies owning half of Europe’s generating capacity have joined together to inform the European Union that its policies may in fact be leading to a dangerously unstable power grid.[read more]

Protecting the Grid Against Solar Storms

December 19, 2012 by Bill Squadron

Numerous studies by accredited groups, such as the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Commission, the National Academy of Sciences, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have concluded that solar storms and resulting geomagnetic disturbance are a critical threat to the reliability of electric grids. The recent report from the U.S...[read more]

Painkillers – the Real Drivers of Innovation for the Electricity Value Chain

February 2, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

One of the largest US-based industry conferences for electricity, gas, and water utilities just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas.  The entire value chain for electricity was well-represented there – you could find products for generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity.  These products modernize the...[read more]

Mayor Bloomberg Draws The Line Against Closing Indian Point

July 19, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Governor Andrew Cuomo won't give up on his obsessive quest An unstoppable force has crashed into an immovable barrier in New York. Mayor Michael  Bloomberg (right) in late June went public with blistering criticism that rivals the city's summer heat that can fry eggs on the sidewalk. He told anyone in the news media who cared to...[read more]

Power Outages, Hot and Cold

June 1, 2011 by Michael Giberson

A FuelFix post by Tom Fowler relays ERCOT’s report that the Texas grid operator expects to have enough power to serve customers reliably this summer. At the end of Fowler’s post he casually mentioned, in connection with the rolling blackout in ERCOT last winter, “a report by federal reliability officials concluded power plant operators...[read more]