Wall Street Journal – New York City Blackout Caused by Power Grid’s Protection System Failing

Andrew Cuomo attacked the utility for its handling of Saturday’s blackout, which affected more than 70,000 customers. The governor said the outage, which took five hours to fully fix, endangered New Yorkers. “This is Russian roulette, you know? People can die,” he said in a radio interview on WNYC-FM.

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Utility Dive – Valuing the Energy Resilience Contributions of Distributed Energy

Reading some of Utility Dive’s recent headlines is enough to make you nervous about the state of North America’s electricity supply. Our grid is being hacked, the weather is bad and getting worse, and wildfires have left two of California’s three dominant investor-owned utilities in dire financial straits.

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In-Depth Radio – Update: PCS Plan to Introduce Back-To-Work Legislation for OPG Workers on Monday

The Ford government is heading back to Queen’s Park on Monday, interrupting their Christmas break, in order to ensure the lights and heat stay on for the entire province.They made the announcement Friday evening after the union representing 6,000 Ontario Power Generation workers has filed a strike notice. The Power Workers Union informed the OPG late Friday that it will begin the 21-day shutdown of its power plants. But Energy Minister Greg Rickford said that outages could occur in seven to 10 days.

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CTV News – Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Leave 115,000 Without Power in Maritimes

HALIFAX — Tens of thousand of people across the Maritimes are without power this morning after the region was lashed by strong winds and heavy rain. New Brunswick has been the hardest hit, with NB Power reporting more than 94,000 customers in the dark after 100 km/h winds swept across the province Saturday and into today. Wind warnings had been posted Saturday and Environment Canada said parts of the province could also expect 15 millimetres of rain.

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CTV News – Tens of Thousands Still Without Power in Maritimes After Storm

HALIFAX — Tens of thousand of people across the Maritimes were still without power early today and some schools were closed after the region was hit by powerful gusts and torrential downpours over the weekend.

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Business Wire – Fluor Awarded Valero Cogeneration Project in Wales

We are pleased to assist Valero with this notable project that will enhance energy efficiency and sustainability at the refinery, which is of significant importance for the economy of Wales and, more particularly, to Pembroke,” said Al Collins, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Fluor will utilize its in-depth cogeneration expertise together with previous experience of working at the Pembroke Refinery to deliver a capital-efficient project.

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Green Tech Media – Distributed Energy Poised for ‘Explosive Growth’ on the US Grid

Over the next five years, distributed energy resources are expected to increase dramatically in the United States. These distributed energy resource will greatly influence how public utilities plan, invest, operate and maintain their distribution grids. Unfortunately, investments made in distributed energy largely go to maintaining traditional structures, station equipment, power lines and transformers. Investing in the failing grid is not going to solve our energy problems. We need an alternative to the public grid.

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Utility Dive – Gulf Power: ‘Unprecedented’ Storm May Require System Rebuild

Earlier this month, Hurricane Michael, a category 4 storm, knocked out the power of over 800,000 customers across the Gulf shore and into Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. The “unprecedented” nature of the storm could mean Gulf Power will have to largely rebuild its system. As storms become increasingly severe, power systems throughout North America will have to evaluate the strength of their systems. Is the public grid strong enough to withstand the next hurricane season?

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