Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post Published 5:32 am PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 As millions of residents in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic hunker down amid historically bitter temperatures, the cold is testing the very energy systems meant to keep their lights on and homes warm during the brutal winter weather. The polar vortex is poised to deliver a one-two punch to power systems across the eastern half of the United States. Not only are residents demanding more heat and electricity while staying indoors, the icy and windy weather is straining generating stations, power lines and other infrastructure that deliver that power. Already, thousands of Americans in the Midwest have experienced power outages amid the polar vortex. Dozens in one Minnesota city lost heat in the middle of the night as the mercury plunged to minus-26 degrees Fahrenheit there. Ahead of the historic lows this week, electric utilities and grid operators began taking precautions to brace for the … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Polar vortex tests gas and electric systems in Midwest, Mid-Atlantic
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By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE Published 1:51 pm PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 The logo for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. PG&E lost half its value after the troubled California utility, which faces huge liabilities over the state's deadly wildfires, said it would file for bankruptcy protection. less The logo for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. PG&E lost half its value after the troubled California utility, ... more Photo: Richard Drew, AP Photo: Richard Drew, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 The logo for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appears above a trading post on the … [Read more...] about Does PG&E have a monopoly on gas and electricity in Northern California?
By Thomas Peele | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm | UPDATED: December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am SAN FRANCISCO — With wildfires ravaging California year after year, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to begin strengthening rules that govern when utilities should turn off power lines in high winds to keep them from sparking blazes, and to improve the technology used to make those decisions. But commissioners warned it could be a long process , and that other safety precautions like vegetation management around power lines must remain a priority. “We can’t keep doing the same thing,” commission Chairman Michael Picker said. But he cautioned, “I don’t think we’ll have a perfect set of rules right away. We have to learn how to do this.” The commission’s action comes as investigators focus on whether a transmission tower failed in high winds last month and … [Read more...] about Power interrupted: State regulators tackle rules to guide when PG&E and other utilities should cut electricity to avoid sparking fires
By Christoph Steitz and Tom Käckenhoff FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - Vattenfall is considering converting its German coal-fired power stations to use fuels including gas or biomass as utility companies in the country brace for a government deadline for phasing out coal altogether. The end of coal is the latest major challenge power firms face in Germany, whose energy transformation, or "Energiewende", has already included a rushed exit from nuclear power and a costly expansion of solar and wind capacity. Vattenfall https://corporate.vattenfall.com, owned by the Swedish state, operates 2.9 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power stations in Germany, including the 1.7 GW Moorburg site that only opened three years ago and supplies 80 percent of Hamburg's electricity. The way German power station operators deal with their coal assets is crucial for investors, jittery ahead of a December announcement from a government-appointed commission about how coal plants will be phased out of … [Read more...] about Vattenfall looks to gas and biomass as end of coal power looms
Colorado Springs Utilities bills for electricity will rise by up to 1.8 percent and for gas by 3.5 percent effective Nov. 1, the City Council decided Tuesday.The council unanimously approved the increases recommended by Utilities' Chief Financial Officer Tamela Monroe. Utilities staff considers quarterly gas and electric bill adjustments to pass fuel cost changes on to customers.The average household can expect to pay an extra $2.90 a month, said Natalie Eckhart, a spokeswoman for Utilities. Commercial and industrial customers' bills vary, but they can expect an increase of about 2.5 percent for electricity and 5.5 percent for gas, she said. … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs City Council approves electric, gas rate increases