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California’s Next Electricity Headache Is a Looming Shortage

California’s Next Electricity Headache Is a Looming Shortage

(Bloomberg) — As if California doesn’t have enough problems with its electric service, now regulators warn the state may be short on power supplies by 2021 if utilities don’t start lining up new resources now. In the hopes of heading off a shortfall, the California Public Utilities Commission has ordered the state’s electricity providers to […]

Why not bury California’s fire-prone power lines underground? The reason is sky high — $15,000 per Customer

Why not bury California’s fire-prone power lines underground? The reason is sky high — $15,000 per Customer

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Want to stop electric grid caused forest fires?  The first step, and cheapest, would be for government to allow the clean up of dead bushes and trees in the forests, along with clear cutting of areas to assure fires do not spread.  Or government can mandate […]

Behind the Utility-Induced Blackouts

Behind the Utility-Induced Blackouts

  By Richard Eber With the threat of high winds igniting wildfires in California, the two largest utilities Southern California Edison & Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)  in the name of public safety, have cut power to over one million customers throughout the State. Given what has transpired we have to ask: Are the utilities […]

Trump orders feds to prep for EMP attack

Trump orders feds to prep for EMP attack

By Bill Gertz  President Trump has ordered federal government agencies to harden the nation’s infrastructure against potentially devastating attacks by a nuclear-bomb-produced electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. “The federal government must foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs,” Mr. Trump stated in an executive order signed Tuesday. EMP is produced from […]

Carnage, Death, Mayhem: Report Predicts Catastrophe In Event of EMP Attack

Carnage, Death, Mayhem: Report Predicts Catastrophe In Event of EMP Attack

Dr. Peter Pry | Contributor   A new report from the U.S. Air Force Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) calls upon the White House to take bold and immediate action to protect the nation’s electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructure from electromagnetic threats. According to the group’s report, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and other electromagnetic […]

California Debates Going ‘Carbon Neutral’ As Grid Worries Mount

California Debates Going ‘Carbon Neutral’ As Grid Worries Mount

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator California lawmakers are considering a slate of clean energy bills, but passage could further agitate an energy crisis already brewing in the deep blue state. Three different energy bills failed to pass the California state legislature in 2017. A bill requiring California power to become carbon neutral by 2045, a […]

San Francisco grid failure offers preview of EMP threat

San Francisco grid failure offers preview of EMP threat

For seven hours last Friday, San Francisco was in chaos. A fire in a utility company substation caused a power outage that knocked out traffic lights, cable cars, elevators and computer systems. At least 88,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers were left without power for most of the workday. Employees in the city’s financial […]

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

. By Ed Ring . California’s High-Speed Rail project fails to justify itself according to any set of rational criteria. Its ridership projections are absurdly inflated, its environmental benefits are overstated if not actually net detriments, and its cost, its staggering cost, $64 billion by the latest estimate, overwhelms anyone with even a remote sense of […]

Costly Wind Turbines Are Damaging Texas Power Grid, MIT Study Finds

Costly Wind Turbines Are Damaging Texas Power Grid, MIT Study Finds

Wind turbines are pushing Texas’s power grid to the limit, despite more than $8 billion invested in green infrastructure, according to a report published Friday in the Technology Review, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Texas is learning just how costly it is to wrangle the wind,” MIT researchers found. Texas is already spending $8 […]

Government Grid Operator Scrambles After Security Risks Are Exposed

Government Grid Operator Scrambles After Security Risks Are Exposed

Officials working for a government-run electric grid operator are scrambling to respond to a scathing Wall Street Journal expose on the poor security at critical electricity substations across the country. “Today, order the Wall Street Journal ran a long anticipated piece on grid security featuring Liberty Substation break-ins in 2013 and 2014, find ” Mark […]

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