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How the PJM Power Grid in the US Skirted Very Close to Blackouts During January's Polar Vortexes

March 3, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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PJM Power Grid Stress

 

The eastern portion of the PJM power grid in the U.S. narrowly avoided rolling blackouts during the period of January's 'polar vortexes'. Several steps are needed to reduce the risks, including those dealing with the shift to natural gas-fired generators.[read more]

Japan close to restarting reactors

June 1, 2012 by a b

The country's economy has taken a beating in terms of exports and the cost of importing fossil fuels cannot be sustained much longerJapan PM Yoshihiko NodaJapan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda got some wind in his sails in efforts to restart the nation's shut down nuclear reactors this week. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a high profile...[read more]

Record-Setting Power Consumption In Texas -- ERCOT Narrowly Avoids Rolling Blackouts

August 14, 2011 by Michael Giberson
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Much in the news in Texas these past few weeks have been new peak power records and several grid emergency conditions which saw the ERCOT power system narrowly avoid rolling blackout a time or two. Tom Fowler of the Houston Chronicle‘s Fuel Fix blog has been tracking the story closely, see selected links below. Rebecca Smith provided a...[read more]