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  • Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid

    12/31/2016 10:22:28 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | December 31, 2016 | By Glenn Greenwald
    The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont. The Post headline conveyed the seriousness of the threat: Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S. Electricity Grid Through A Utility In Vermont, Officials Say The first sentence of the article directly linked this cyber-attack to alleged Russian hacking of the email accounts of the DNC and John Podesta – what is now routinely referred to as “Russian hacking of our election” – by referencing the code name revealed on Wednesday by the Obama administration when it announced sanctions...
  • FirstEnergy offering $5,000 reward after overhead wire stolen in Cleveland area

    11/18/2016 6:53:10 AM PST · by EBH · 22 replies
    Fox 8 News ^ | 11/14/2016 | Jen Steer
    CLEVELAND-- FirstEnergy is offering a $5,000 in hopes of tracking down the person who stole overhead wire and other electrical equipment in the Cleveland area. The suspects may be dressed as utility workers with hard hats and reflective vests, the company said in a news release on Monday. They even go door to door to tell residents about a power outage to stop customers from reporting problems to the Illuminating Company. That gives the thieves more time to the steal the wire. "The individuals are creating a safety and service reliability issue by cutting energized wires and letting them drop...
  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they “have not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • Israel electric grid under severe cyberattack

    01/26/2016 12:16:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 1/26/2016, 7:27 PM | Gil Ronen
    "Israel is currently experiencing one of the most severe cyber-attack on the Israel National Electricity Authority. We discovered it yesterday; fortunately, The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources and the Israel National Cyber Bureau are already handling it," said Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources at the third international Cybertech Conference in Tel Aviv Tuesday. [...] The minister went on to underscore the importance of defensive cyber technology: "We need cybertech to prevent such attacks. Cyber-attacks on infrastructure can paralyze power stations and the whole energy supply chain from natural gas, oil, petrol...
  • Let's Worry about a Real Threat

    07/20/2015 2:53:50 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 12 replies ^ | July 20, 2015 | Norman Rogers
    The electric grid is a stellar achievement of civilization. Without the grid, modern civilization would collapse. In the U.S., thousands of electric generating plants are interconnected by thousands of miles of transmission lines. Electricity is generated as it is consumed. These days, there is a lot of tampering with the electric grid. People who wouldn’t know a generator from a turbine are suddenly making no small plans to reform it. We now have good electricity and bad electricity. Good electricity is generated without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2). But that rule is not rigid, because nuclear electricity, and hydro electricity, if...
  • Report: Guilty Knowledge on the Vulnerability of the Electric Grid

    05/11/2015 4:45:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Sierra Rayne
    When compared to the costs of the grid going down for an extended time, a few billion dollars is a bargain A report by the Center for Security Policy (CSP) paints a dire picture regarding the vulnerability of the U.S. (and by extension—Canadian) electricity grids from man-made or natural electromagnetic disturbances. The CSP and others in the national security sector have been beating this drum for a number of years, but unfortunately all too little is being done about the risks. William Forstchen even wrote a compelling must-read novel on this topic—One Second After—back in 2009. In 2004, the Commission...
  • Secret Iranian handbook calls for EMP attack on America

    03/19/2015 9:35:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | March 19, 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    General: 'We are ready for decisive battle against the U.S., Zionist regime' WASHINGTON – A “secret” Iranian military handbook, American officials say, confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran is including in its arsenal a plan to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the American national grid system. To carry out such an attack, from a high-altitude nuclear blast, would require Iran to have not only the missiles to launch such a device but also the technology to produce a nuclear explosion. The revelation comes as the United States, along with the P5+1 countries that comprise the United Nations...
  • Conservative stars offer crash-course in saving America (Security summit Saturday for grassroots)

    03/13/2015 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | March 12, 2015 | Garth Kant
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas WASHINGTON – Some of the top minds and leaders in the nation are asking for the help of ordinary citizens to protect America. Conservative stars such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., want to spread word among the grassroots about the greatest dangers America faces and what people can do to effect solutions on a local level. The South Carolina National Security Action Summit is open to the public and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center at 1066 Sunset Blvd.,...
  • Woolsey: Threat to electric grid 'keeps me awake at night'

    03/06/2015 11:36:01 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Woolsey
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  • When Iran goes nuclear

    03/06/2015 10:43:41 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | James Woolsey
    <p>Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations. We must deal with the Islamic State, but it is not the gravest threat we face. The Israelis are right — we should awaken to the fact that the coming of a nuclear Iran holds special dangers and requires particularly urgent attention. There are four driving reasons.</p>
  • Forget Climate Change: EMP Attack On Power Grid Could Kill 9-In-10

    05/12/2014 9:26:01 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 100 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 12, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Vulnerability: Expert testimony before Congress on Thursday warned that an electromagnetic pulse attack on our power grid and electronic infrastructure could leave most Americans dead and the U.S. in another century. That dire warning came from Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event could wipe out 90% of America's population. Most people's eyes might glaze over upon mention of the committee...
  • Polar Vortex Highlights Natural Gas-fired Generation Vulnerabilities

    03/05/2014 3:39:13 PM PST · by dickmc · 44 replies
    Electric Light and Power ^ | 02/25/2014 | Teresa Hansen
    For many people in the U.S., me included, this winter has been miserable. The polar vortex, which I'm fairly certain was a term only meteorologists had heard before this winter, has wreaked havoc in much of the country. ... This type of weather affects few, if any, industries more than electricity providers. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is responsible for balancing the state's electricity supply and demand, reported an all-time high winter peak demand Jan. 7 and was required to issue an alert the day before when some 13,000 MW of generation--3,700 MW of forced outages caused...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?

    02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.10.14 | Jed Babbin
    Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters...
  • Emergency Alert to Conserve Energy After PG&E Substation Vandalized (Silicon Valley Companies)

    04/16/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    NBC (Bay Area, CA) ^ | 4/16/13 | Lisa Fernandez and Kris Sanchez
    Damage to South Bay substation triggers power alert About 10,000 gallons of oil began leaking Tuesday morning from a transformer at a San Jose PG&E substation, which authorities said was vandalized, possibly damaged by gunfire. The damage prompted the California Independent Service Operator to issue a "Flex Alert" Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Silicon Valley because of the heavy damage at the substation on Metcalf Road. The agency asked everyone in Northern California, but especially in Silicon Valley, to conserve energy as crews are working to fix the substation's damaged equipment. Power is being rerouted as the work is being...
  • Was Mysterious Attack on Calif Power Station a ‘Dress Rehearsal’ for Much Larger Assault on US grid?

    02/05/2014 11:14:10 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    Although the fact that the still-unsolved attack on a power station near San Jose occurred just a handful of hours after the Boston Marathon bombing — and apparently raised a few eyebrows initially — its ride in the public eye has been decidedly under the radar to date.[snip]Here’s what went down: Around 1 a.m. on April 16, two manholes were entered and fiber cables cut around the PG&E Metcalf substation, which killed some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. More from Foreign Policy:...
  • Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows

    02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | IBD
    War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism. The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that's ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge," he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism...
  • Report: Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids: “There Is No Way to Stop This”

    10/20/2013 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/20/13 | Mac Slavo
    If you think that our multi-billion dollar electrical power grids are secure and capable of withstanding a coordinated attack, think again. According to one group of engineers, the grid is so vulnerable that it wouldn’t even require a skilled hacker to compromise. In fact, when Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk decided to test some new software they were developing they identified a vulnerability so serious that it could literally blind operational controllers to such an extent that they would be locked out of monitoring systems and unable to maintain grid integrity. The consequences, according to the engineers who note they...
  • Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown (SCADA vulnerabilities)

    10/19/2013 5:44:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH
    Over the past few months, the discoveries of two engineers have led to a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation’s power grid. Yet hardly anyone has noticed. The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country. Using those vulnerabilities, an attacker at a single, unmanned power substation could inflict a widespread power outage. Still, the two engineers who discovered the vulnerability say little is being done. Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk do not specialize in security. The...
  • Attacks on Arkansas' Electric Grid Leave 10,000 Without Power; 'YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.'

    10/09/2013 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 96 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | William Pentland
    More than 10,000 people in Arkansas were dumped into a blackout Sunday following an attack on that state’s electric grid, the FBI said today, the third such attack in recent weeks. In August, a major transmission line in the region, around Cabot, Ark., was deliberately cut. The FBI said that two power poles had been intentionally cut in Lonoke County on Sunday, resulting in the outage. According to the FBI: In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in...
  • Congresswoman: “100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid”

    09/03/2013 4:18:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 141 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/3/13 | Mac Slavo
    The fall-out from a grid-down scenario would be absolutely devastating, as noted by a spokesman for the Center for Security Policy who recently responded to the potential for EMP capable weapons being deployed over the United States: And experts forecast if such an attack were a success, it effectively could throw the U.S. back into an age of agriculture. “Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity,” said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security...
  • As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters

    05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks
    BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members. Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.” The reaction...
  • Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas

    12/04/2012 9:01:40 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    WNYC ^ | 12-3-12 | Annmarie Fertoli
    A non-profit clean energy group, Solar One, has been deploying solar generators to areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group currently has several generators running in the Rockaways, and made a recent delivery to Midland Beach on Staten Island. The delivery went to a community-run center operating at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Adjacent to the church’s gymnasium is a building still without power. There, volunteers have set up services like a legal clinic, to help residents with their paperwork, and a free store, packed with donated goods like soap and canned foods. Outside is a small yard...
  • GAO: EPA rules to cause energy price increases in Midwest, ‘compromise’ electric grid

    08/17/2012 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/16/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Four coal industry regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely cause electricity prices to rise and may “compromise” electric grid reliability — especially in the Midwest and South — according to the Government Accountability Office. “Several representatives from power companies and officials from federal and state regulatory agencies have expressed concerns that as companies incur additional costs in responding to these additional regulations, and as the electricity supply is affected by generating unit requirements, electricity prices could increase and reliability — the ability to meet consumers’ electricity demands — could be compromised,” the GAO
  • WOOLSEY: Stormy preview of electric-grid crash

    07/20/2012 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | R. James Woolsey
    Some two weeks after Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta warned of a potential “cyber-Pearl Harbor” involving a possible attack on the electric grid, Mother Nature took the cue and hit the East Coast with a storm that left millions of us for days without electricity from the grid. Some said silent thanks for that old generator they’d thought to stick in the garage. Though it wasn’t a cyberattack, but Mother Nature gave parts of the grid a good lashing anyway. On my country road south of Annapolis, two transformers were blown down from their perches on telephone poles, and...
  • U.S., Seeking to Reshape Electric Grid, Adopts a Power Line Rule

    07/21/2011 10:52:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON — Federal regulators laid down principles on Thursday for planning and paying for new power lines, part of a long-term policy effort to help the nation’s electricity grid grow enough to meet the demands of renewable energy and a competitive electricity market. The rule, which has been in the works for several years, is intended to push the organizations that manage the grid into cooperating with one another, so that developers can build power lines across several states and multiple electrical jurisdictions. Such cross-jurisdictional transmission lines are becoming more important as states seek to reach their goals of integrating...
  • Solar Storms Could Be Earth's Next Katrina.....

    02/26/2010 3:44:00 PM PST · by TaraP · 78 replies · 2,035+ views ^ | Feb 26th, 2010 | Joe Hamilton
    February 26, 2010 — 2:53 PM A massive solar storm could leave millions of people around the world without electricity, running water, or phone service, government officials say. That was their conclusion after participating in a tabletop exercise that looked at what might happen today if the Earth were struck by a solar storm as intense as the huge storms that occurred in 1921 and 1859. Solar storms happen when an eruption or explosion on the surface of the sun sends radiation or electrically charged particles toward Earth. Minor storms are common and can light up the Earth's Northern skies...
  • Not-So-Smart Grid (IBD Exclusive Series: Inside The Stimulus)

    04/01/2009 6:04:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 602+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 1, 2009
    Infrastructure: The stimulus plan to turn America's electrical infrastructure into a so-called "smart grid" is a potential target for unfriendly hackers. It's also the fulfillment of a campaign promise rooted in socialism.There is $4.5 billion in the stimulus package to modernize the nation's electricity system. The whole idea is to monitor where and when electricity is used and to direct it to where and when it is needed. It is thought this will help utilities to adjust their rates to immediate supply and demand for power. It would supposedly allow consumers to adjust their consumption to the times when they...
  • Power Hub: Tres Amigas and the Future of Clean Energy

    10/13/2009 10:21:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies · 730+ views
    wsj ^ | 13 Oct 2009 | Keith Johnson
    Clovis, New Mexico, might just be the cornerstone of a clean-energy revolution. It might also be the epicenter of a political battle over how America embraces green energy. Clovis is the site chosen for the Tres Amigas electricity-transmission project, as our colleague Rebecca Smith reports today in The Wall Street Journal. The idea is to build a powerful substation in New Mexico using advanced supercondctors that could physically connect the three otherwise isolated power grids—the Eastern, the Western, and Texas grids. The project, which could take five years to finish, seeks to remedy one of the problems with renewable energy:...
  • Envisioning A World Without America

    09/18/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 3,948+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: An Iranian mullah once said "a world without America and Zionism" was a real possibility. Our sellout of Eastern Europe and missile defense brings that dream closer to reality. It would take only one warhead."Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?" Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked at a "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran in 2005. "But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved." He added that Iran had a strategic "war preparation plan" for what it called "the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." A...
  • GoldenEye: The Real Meltdown

    10/03/2008 3:09:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,100+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2008
    Strategic Defense: A new report says the United States must develop robust missile and space defenses to counter China. If you think the current economic crisis is something, imagine the effects of a nuke over Iowa.Imagine a world in which you can't get money from your bank or can't get a loan. You can't get money from your ATM even if it's within walking distance. You can't drive to one because your car won't work. No, it's not what would happen if the Congress doesn't pass a bailout bill. This is a small snapshot of what would happen if a...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Electric grid still very vulnerable to electromagnetic weaponry

    08/03/2009 9:34:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,555+ views
    Science News ^ | July 23rd, 2009 | Janet Raloff
    Electromagnetic pulse is hardly a household term. But perhaps it should be. Every computer we buy, every system we turn over to computer control, every device that relies on electronic components — all cars, TVs and phones, for instance — makes us more vulnerable to such a high-energy rain of electrons. EMP is a powerful and potentially devastating form of electromagnetic "fallout." It’s usually associated with nuclear weapons, although it can be triggered by any major explosive bursts. Unlike radioactive fallout, this rain won’t directly harm living things. It will just catastrophically fry all electronics and modern electrical systems by...
  • Colorado power company wants to ratchet up fees on solar freeloaders

    07/30/2009 11:54:10 AM PDT · by Abathar · 41 replies · 1,719+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 30, 2009 | Brendan Borrell
    As Scientific American’s George Musser knows, installing solar panels on your roof is a lot easier – and cheaper – said than done. Now, if a Colorado power company has its way, solar aficionados are going to have to start shelling out even more dough to be hooked into the power grid. Xcel Energy has proposed charging a new fee to customers who install solar systems after April 2010, the Denver Post reports. The fee would be linked to the home’s electricity consumption and help the company maintain its aging power grid. Solar customers already foot the bill for installing...
  • An avoidable catastrophe--"Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks"

    07/21/2009 8:13:32 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 32 replies · 1,003+ views
    Center fo Security Policy ^ | Jul 20, 2009 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Amidst all the congressional to-ing and fro-ing associated with the President's controversial health care, cap-and-trade and "hate crimes" initiatives, it would be easy for most legislators to overlook a hearing the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. If Congress fails to address the subject of that hearing, however, it literally will not matter whether the government addresses any of those other, disproportionately prominent agenda items. The title of the hearing - "Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks" - fails to communicate the magnitude of the danger, and the imperative for urgent corrective action....
  • Moving Electricity via Super-Cold Cables Wins Influential D.C. Ally

    05/13/2009 2:55:08 PM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies · 650+ views
    wsj ^ | 5/13/2009 | Rebecca Smith
    Increasing reliance on renewable energy from wind and solar farms might not necessarily mean the construction of thousands of new transmission towers stretching across the American landscape. Cold Cables (American Superconductor Inc.) That’s because of a technology called superconducting cable, that could be the recipient of federal assistance that would speed its deployment. Superconducting cable has for at least two decades struggled to prove its mettle and win big utility contracts from the power industry, which is notoriously slow to adopt new technology. But the technology won a powerful friend this week when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s introduced on...
  • UPDATE 2-US concerned power grid vulnerable to cyber-attack

    04/09/2009 3:04:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies · 679+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/8/2009 | Felix Salmon and Randall Mikkelsen
    U.S. concerns about the potential for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure extended to the American electrical power grid on Wednesday and experts pointed the finger anew at Chinese hackers, among others. As a result, electric utilities are likely to face new pressures from the U.S. Congress and government regulators to tighten security and preparations against computer intrusions that would wreak widespread havoc. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters the power grid is vulnerable to potentially disabling computer attacks, while declining to comment on reports that an intrusion had taken place. "The vulnerability is something that the Department of Homeland...
  • Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies

    04/07/2009 7:38:12 PM PDT · by ebiskit · 3 replies · 680+ views ^ | APRIL 8, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war. "The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," said a senior intelligence official....
  • Government lab tests 'super' power cables for NYC

    03/26/2009 4:17:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 27 replies · 1,097+ views
    Yahoo! via AP ^ | 3/25/2009 | Duncan Mansfield
    Tenn. lab tests superconductor power cables for Manhattan, part of Homeland Security project A high-tech power cable designed to prevent rolling blackouts caused by everything from a wayward squirrel to terrorists is being readied for New York City's financial district. Now undergoing final tests at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the superconductor cable to be installed in Manhattan next year could prove key to the smart, secure, super grid of the future. Scientists fired 60,000 amps through a cable during a critical test Tuesday -- an electrical jolt comparable to turning on the air conditioning in 2,000 homes at the...
  • Federal control urged over revamp of electrical grid

    02/24/2009 7:56:28 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 48 replies · 913+ views ^ | February 23, 2009 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    Congressional leaders pushing to modernize the nation’s electrical transmission system on Monday signaled they want to put the federal government in control of decisions normally left to state authorities, from regulating electrical rates to deciding where to place power lines and poles. “Many states have already begun to adopt innovative policies to move toward more clean, efficient transmission systems,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “But what we need is a national framework for planning, developing and financing transmission infrastructure.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would propose giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the authority to trump...
  • Make a difference next time

    09/14/2008 8:38:34 AM PDT · by kendwell · 5 replies · 249+ views
    kendwell | 14Sep08 | kendwell
    One again, a hurricane hits. Once again, transformers detonate in fire and sparks by the hundreds or thousands? preparedness 101 basics: SHUT DOWN THE POWER GRID BEFORE THE HURRICANE HITS. kiss: keep it simple, stupid. How much faster and less costly restoring power would be without the requirement to replace blown transformers? Get this up into the decision network. Regards, kendwell
  • Man jailed over bomb plot

    08/23/2006 12:00:46 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 466+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23 August 2006
    AN ARCHITECT has been jailed for at least 15 years after becoming the first person convicted of planning a terrorist attack on Australian soil. Faheem Khalid Lodhi was today jailed for a maximum term of 20 years for acting in preparation for a terrorist attack. He sat quietly in the dock as Justice Anthony Whealy told the NSW Supreme Court Lodhi had intended to "advance violent giant jihad" in Australia. Lodhi, who was born in Pakistan but has Australian citizenship, had pleaded not guilty to all charges. Justice Whealy said the attack, if carried out, "would instil terror into members...
  • Castro Announces Overhaul of Electric Grid

    01/18/2006 6:40:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 691+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/06 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - President Fidel Castro announced a long-awaited renovation of Cuba's energy system to combat blackouts that have afflicted the island nation for the past two summers. Castro said Cuba would decentralize its power system, gradually replacing five massive thermoelectric plants with smaller, regional plants supplemented by solar and wind power. He outlined the plan in a speech delivered Tuesday night and published Wednesday in state newspapers. Because the thermoelectrical plants in Cuba are so large, mechanical difficulties in any one can affect large areas populated by millions of people. Many of last summer's blackouts were caused by problems at...
  • Report warned power vulnerable to terror

    08/22/2003 2:20:31 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 248+ views ^ | Friday, August 22, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    A report published nearly six months before the historic U.S.-Canadian power outage warned the nation's electric grid and other "critical infrastructure" is vulnerable to cyber-attack by terrorists. The report, issued Feb. 21 by the Congressional Research Service, advised "industries potentially affected by a cyber-attack on industrial control systems include the electrical, telephone, water, chemical and energy sectors." [Editor's note: You must have Adobe Acrobat to view the above .pdf file.] The report takes on new relevance following the Aug. 14 power outage throughout a wide swath of the Northeast. The cause is still under investigation, but a London-based Arabic newspaper...
  • The Truth About the Black Out

    08/20/2003 1:18:09 AM PDT · by KMAJ2 · 12 replies · 212+ views
    <p>Within hours of the lights going out in New York, Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton was blaming President Bush for the power failure. While the rest of us thought Mr. Bush was in California visiting a military base, she spotted him in Akron, Ohio, turning out the warning lights at the FirstEnergy facility there.</p>
  • Con-Ed's, Department of Energy's, and other Government Press Releases...

    08/15/2003 6:09:52 AM PDT · by ThinkFreedom · 4 replies · 248+ views
    August 14, 2003 Statement from the Department of Energy WASHINGTON, DC -- The Department of Energy, coordinated by Deputy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow, has initiated its protocol for contingency situations.  DOE is working with appropriate agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as entities such as the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) to assess the situation. Media Contact(s): Jeanne Lopatto, 202-586-4940 Corry Schiermeyer, 202-586-5806 Number: R-03-182 *** No. 03-102 August 14, 2003 NRC MONITORING SITUATION INVOLVING MULTIPLE NUCLEAR PLANTS...