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Newsom used Goldilocks Syndrome to destroy PG&E

Newsom used Goldilocks Syndrome to destroy PG&E

  Richard Eber, California Political News and Views Like most people who have lived their entire lives in California, I’m not exactly in love with PG&E. The utility that serves millions of residents can be charitably called a benevolent oligopoly. It is large and often unwieldy but when a pilot light is out, a utility line […]

Here’s How State Regulators Played A Role In California’s Rolling Blackouts, Wildfires

Here’s How State Regulators Played A Role In California’s Rolling Blackouts, Wildfires

CHRIS WHITE TECH REPORTER   California Gov. Gavin Newsom railed against the state’s public utility company for blacking out large portions of the state, but some experts say regulators are partially to blame. Regulators in the state are too preoccupied with solar panels, climate change and keeping customers’ rates low to update old transmission lines that […]

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

  By Thomas L. Knapp On October 9, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting down power to about 750,000 customers (affecting as many as 2 million people) in California. The company claims the shutdowns are necessary to reduce the risk that its power lines and other infrastructure will cause wildfires like last year’s Camp Fire, […]

Finally, a presidential EMP order that may save American lives

Finally, a presidential EMP order that may save American lives

BY PETER PRY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR  THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL The Commission to Assess the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, also known as the Congressional EMP Commission, has warned for nearly 20 years that a nuclear EMP attack, or natural EMP from a solar superstorm, […]

EMP Could Toast Electrical Grid (And How To Protect Against It)

Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many’

Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many’

Editor’s Note: In light of the recent hacking of every Federal employees’ personal information, including their social security numbers, this possibility is worth looking at. By Steve Reilly, USA Today About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck […]

Solar power causing problems with electricity grid

Solar power causing problems with electricity grid

by John Seiler   One theme CalWatchdog.com has covered is how solar power can cause problems to the state’s existing electricity grid. An investigation a year ago found: Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com An emerging problem with California’s new green power grid is the need to ramp up enough conventional power each day because of two […]

Top Grid Regulator Warns That EPA CO2 Rule Challenges Electrical Grid Reliability

Top Grid Regulator Warns That EPA CO2 Rule Challenges Electrical Grid Reliability

The United States’ grid reliability authority issued a report this month cautiously detailing the potential problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

  The U.S. electric grid is constantly under attack despite attempts by utilities to boost physical security and cyber defenses *Article courtesy Israel Homeland Security Regulators have increasingly focused on physical security of the grid since last year’s attack on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. substation in California Energy Commission, where unknown attackers cut […]

Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage Multiple unreported incidents raise security concerns

Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage Multiple unreported incidents raise security concerns

BY: Adam Kredo  Washington Free Beacon March 11, for sale 2014 1:49 pm Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, search causing concern that the U.S. grid is “inherently vulnerable” to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence […]