Zealous Rush To Renewable Energy Is Hurting America’s Poor (From InsideSources) The cost of electricity is having significant, negative effects on the working class and poor. A 2018 U.S. Department of Energy study found that 21 percent of American households, at least once a year, must forego necessities like food, rent [Read More...]
Time To Ease Unnecessary LNG Export Burdens (From RealClearEnergy) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports are an important way U.S. energy companies access global markets. That is especially important today, with COVID-19 reducing U.S. energy demand and layoffs mounting in the energy sector. Environmental regulations can hinder these export efforts. [Read More...]
Initial Steps Being Taken To Protect Electric Grid From Electromagnetic Pulse Events Over the past two years there have been several positive developments to protect the electric grid from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) events – manmade or natural phenomenon that could incapacitate large sections of the power grid. Solar storms, nuclear detonations and [Read More...]
Lessons From New Jersey On Power Grid Protection (From POWER Magazine) Protecting the electric distribution grid from cyberattacks is vitally important, and largely overlooked. That needs to quickly change and a good place for some answers is New Jersey. After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the state in 2012, there was a concerted [Read More...]
The Coming Crunch On Electric Bills And Shutoffs (From InsideSources) Millions of Americans could lose their electricity this summer. More than 40 million people have filed for unemployment insurance since the pandemic began. Even before that, 31 percent of U.S. households were finding it hard to pay the electric bill. [Read More...]
Electric Grid Cyber Protection: Key Recent Developments Below is a synopsis of six particularly notable developments since March 2020 pertaining to threats against the U.S. electric grid from cyberattacks and related preventative actions. Presidential Executive Order on Securing the Bulk Power System. This May 1 directive determined, [Read More...]
Another Critical Supply Chain America Must Bring Home (From InsideSources) In recent weeks, Americans have been aghast and disgusted to see the dangerous extent to which we rely on China for personal protective equipment so vital to healthcare workers. The United States electric system has also become increasingly dependent on [Read More...]
Sequester Key Workers And Make This The Power Industry’s Finest Hour (From POWER Magazine) It is important for power producers, utilities and grid operators to make sure critical employees, such as control room operators, are healthy and to have them live on-site until the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. These highly skilled workers must work [Read More...]
More Heroes In The COVID-19 War (From InsideSources) Far from the public view is an important part of the COVID-19 fight: electricity-sector professionals have sequestered themselves at grid facilities for weeks at a time to keep the power on. Hospitals and homes depend on the constant energy supply [Read More...]
The U.S. Department Of Energy’s Office Of Electricity: A Discussion With Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2017, he is responsible for leading national efforts to develop technologies that enhance the security [Read More...]
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