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  • PG&E CEO Says It Could Impose Blackouts in California for a Decade

    10/18/2019 4:42:30 PM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 18, 2019 | Katherine Blunt
    PG&E Corp.’s chief executive said Friday that it could take as long as 10 years for the company to improve its electric system enough to significantly diminish the need to pull the plug on customers to reduce the risk of sparking fires. Bill Johnson, who joined the company in May, made the disclosure at a California Public Utilities Commission hearing where the panel’s president, Marybel Batjer, sharply criticized the company’s “inadequate execution” of a shut-off in which it turned off power to large portions of Northern California for more than two days last week. The commission convened an emergency meeting...
  • ‘I’m Out’: PG&E Blackouts Stagger Californians

    10/14/2019 5:59:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 106 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 13, 2019 8:12 pm ET | Zusha Elinson, Ian Lovett, Alejandro Lazo and Jim Carlton
    ... California residents have come face-to-face with an uncomfortable new reality: Large swaths of the state—by itself the fifth-largest economy in the world, and home to the globe’s most technologically advanced companies—may be subject to the sort of abrupt blackouts normally associated with underdeveloped countries. The state’s three big investor-owned utilities now have regulatory permission to cut off power to parts of their service territories during strong winds to reduce the risk of their electric lines causing wildfires, after at least 21 blazes linked to utility equipment killed more than 100 people and burned tens of thousands of homes in...
  • The Berkeley hills go dark and residents step up to help one another (liberal paradise alert)

    10/12/2019 9:11:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | 10/10/2019 | Kate Darby Rauch, Frances Dinkelspiel
    All was quiet at dawn in the north Berkeley Hills. A few people were out in the early morning darkness, walking dogs, jogging, waiting for the bus. The contrast was stark looking down to the flats where power had not been lost and the lights were still on. A longtime resident on Creston Road, who said he was retired from the tech industry and didn’t want to give his name, was out with a flashlight in case people needed help. “We have elderly people up here,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure no one was panicking.” Like several...
  • Do California’s Blackouts Make Sense?

    10/12/2019 4:05:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 84 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 11, 2019 6:17 pm ET | Holman W. Jenkins
    ... [PG&E] told its bankruptcy judge that eliminating trees and vegetation from around its power lines would cost up to $150 billion and require 650,000 employees. PG&E’s customers already pay twice the national average for electricity. An alternative plan would be to radically decentralize its system so power cutoffs could be more “surgical.” This would also be expensive and, in PG&E’s sprawling territory, would still mean widespread blackouts. More equitable solutions are easy to envision, if only they were politically acceptable. Utilities could be relieved of their blanket fire liability, transferring the risk to homeowners and insurance markets. Utilities could...
  • Man on oxygen dies 12 minutes after crews shut off power to prevent more fire in California

    10/11/2019 5:36:27 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 77 replies
    kctv ^ | Oct 11, 2019 | Meredith Digital Staff
    Northern California fire officials say a man dependent on oxygen died about 12 minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric shut down power to the area as part of a massive effort to prevent fire. El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said Friday that fire personnel responded to a call in Pollock Pines that came in after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said crews arrived to find an unresponsive man in his 60s and were unable to revive him. Ogan said the man's oxygen equipment required power but could not say whether the shutdown was related to his death. PG&E spokesman...
  • California’s Dark Ages

    10/11/2019 6:15:48 AM PDT · by karpov · 98 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2019
    Californians are learning to live like the Amish after investor-owned utility PG&E this week shut off power to two million or so residents to prevent wildfires amid heavy, dry winds. Blame the state’s largest blackout on a perfect storm of bad policies. Two dozen or so wildfires in the past few years have been linked to PG&E equipment, including one last fall that killed 85 people. PG&E under state law is on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in damages and has filed for bankruptcy. For years the utility skimped on safety upgrades and repairs while pumping billions...
  • [UK]launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station

    08/10/2019 7:21:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 August 2019 | Darren Boyle
    FULL TITLE: Fury at power cut that brought Britain to its knees: Government launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station as officials insist there is 'no evidence' of a cyber attack Julian Leslie, Head of National Control at the National Grid Electricity System Operator said: 'We had an unplanned near simultaneous event on our network. This event was the loss of two generators which connect to the national grid network in order to export their power. 'As a result of this, this rare event, the system needs to protect itself. What was happening was...
  • Venezuela: widespread blackouts could be new normal, experts warn

    07/23/2019 9:44:17 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 July 2019 | Joe Parkin Daniels
    Widespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or access to the internet. Blackouts plunge Venezuela into chaos as minister blames saboteurs Energy minister Freddy Brito said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored in Caracas and at least five states after the outage which the government blamed on an “electromagnetic attack” at hydroelectric dams in the south of the country. Around 80% of Venezuela’s grid is served by hydropower. But energy analysts were deeply suspicious of government...
  • Venezuela back in darkness

    07/24/2019 1:41:11 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/19
    ...extensive power cut has once again paralyzed Venezuela in recent days. The Information Minister of the Maduro regime claims that "this is an electromagnetic attack".
  • Venezuelan government blames 'electromagnetic attack' for nationwide blackout

    07/23/2019 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    CNN News ^ | 23 July 2019 | Stefano Pozzebon and Jessie Yeung,
    Large swathes of Venezuela remained without power on Tuesday, the day after the country suffered its fourth nationwide blackout this year. The blackout, which officials blamed on a hostile "electromagnetic attack," affected almost the entire country, including the capital Caracas. About 94% of Venezuela's telecommunications infrastructure was hit by the outage, and internet connectivity was only running at 10% nationwide, according to Netblocks, a non-profit organization dedicated to tracking outages.
  • Con Ed can't explain Manhattan Blackout.

    07/14/2019 12:00:52 PM PDT · by srmanuel · 36 replies
    NYP ^ | July 14, 2019 | Bruce Golding
    Yesterday there was a power outage in Manhattan, I won't call it massive because some people had a problem with that word. Originally it was stated a transformer fire was the cause of the outage, now Con Ed says there is no evidence of a me paranoid, but my ears perk up with I hear things like this...
  • Con Ed can’t explain what caused the Manhattan blackout

    07/14/2019 11:51:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    N Y Post ^ | 07/14/2019 | Bruce Golding
    In a statement released late Sunday morning, the power company said it “will be conducting a diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident.” Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz blamed the blackout on a “disruption on the transmission side” of the company’s power grid. Officials initially suspected a manhole fire that affected an underground transformer, but Quiroz said there’s “no evidence of a fire at this point.” The blackout stranded people on subway trains and elevators, and forced the evacuation of Madison Square Garden and cancellation of Broadway shows. It struck on the 42nd anniversary of...
  • Power Failure in NYC

    07/13/2019 5:24:25 PM PDT · by Rumplemeyer · 138 replies
    There has been a major power failure in Manhattan, from Midtown, West to the Hudson River. Times Square is dark, no Traffic Lights or Street Lights and West Side Subway service is down. No reports of mayhem...yet.
  • Widespread power outages reported in New York City

    07/13/2019 5:22:46 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-13-2019 | Louis Casiano
    A large-scale power outage in parts of New York City was reported Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights and limiting subway service. Con Edison reported that nearly 42,000 customers were without power in an area that included Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said "We're working to identify causes and keep trains moving. More information to come," the MTA tweeted. The agency said trains were bypassing stations impacted by the power failure and service into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx will be limited. The A, C, F, D, and M subways lines were...
  • UPDATE: CBS, ABC and NBC Join MSNBC… Will Not Air President Trump’s July 4th Celebration

    07/03/2019 9:24:56 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 212 replies
    And MSNBC will not carry the “Salute to America” live event. And now this… ABC, CBS, NBC announced today they will not air President Trump’s July 4th American Celebration.
  • Massive electrical failure cuts power to Argentina and Uruguay

    06/16/2019 9:47:23 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/15/19
    A large electrical failure created a blackout in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, leaving both countries without power. Areas of Brazil and Paraguay were also impacted by the outage, which happened just after 7:00 a.m. according to the BBC. A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," electricity supply company, Edesur said in a tweet. The blackout occurred as people were getting ready to head to the polls for local elections in Argentina. It's not clear how the blackout will impact the voting process. Alejandra Martinez, an Edesur spokeswoman, described the blackout...
  • Venezuela returns to 'Middle Ages' during power outages

    03/29/2019 6:17:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | March 28, 2019 | Maria Lorente
    Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it's like being thrown back to life centuries ago. El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash dishes and scrub clothes. The taps in their homes are dry from lack of electricity to the city's water pumps. "We're forced to get water from sources that obviously aren't completely hygienic. But it's enough for washing or doing the dishes," said one resident, Manuel...
  • Venezuela's Guaido launches national tour in 'new phase' to oust Maduro

    03/17/2019 1:00:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/16/19 | Tibisay Romero
    VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader and National Assembly head Juan Guaido said on Saturday he was launching a "new phase" in his push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, pledging to travel across the country before "reclaiming" the presidential palace. Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, saying Maduro's re-election was illegitimate, called on thousands of supporters to stay committed to what he dubbed "Operation Freedom." "Very soon, when we have visited and organized every inch ... we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the Venezuelan people," Guaido said, referring to...
  • China's not-so-generous offer to 'help' fix Venezuela's blackout: It's a Takeover Opportunity

    03/13/2019 9:01:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/13/2019 | Monica Showalter
    As patients die in hospitals and ordinary Venezuelans scrounge for water from sewers based on a horrific going-on-six-days nationwide blackout, China hasn't been idle, watching the spectacle unfold.  The Venezuelan socialist regime's incompetence and neglect may have created a humanitarian crisis all right, but more important to China, the blackout also cut off Venezuela's oil production.  That's what Venezuela uses in order to pay its $23-billion pile of bailout loans back to China.  So, six days after the crisis, China's state-owned CGTN reports that China is willing to "help": China's Foreign Ministry is concerned about the power blackout in Venezuela and hopes the country will find the cause of the incident...
  • No End in Sight to Venezuela’s Blackout, Experts Warn

    03/11/2019 1:45:09 PM PDT · by catnipman · 106 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | March 11, 2019 | Anatoly Kurmanaev and Isayen Herrera
    On Thursday, the San Geronimo B substation in the center of the country, which supplies electricity to four out of five Venezuelans from the massive Guri hydropower plant, went down. No date has been set to restart the plant and most workers were told to stay home on Monday ... Other experts, including Mr. Aguilar, said the magnitude of the blackout indicated the problem was caused by a major failure inside Guri’s turbines. A Corpoelec supervisor involved in dispatching Guri’s power said he was told by the plant’s managers on Thursday that the plant’s equipment was damaged. ... Mr. Aguilar...