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Texas Girds for Blackouts as Heat Wave Rolls On

Texas is pushing homes and businesses to conserve electricity for a second day in a row to stave off blackouts as a punishing heat wave bakes the western U.S. Temperatures will top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) from Montana …

Private Company Takes Over Puerto Rico Power Company Service

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company on Tuesday took over the transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico’s power authority, which has struggled with blackouts and bankruptcy, corruption and mismanagement. The takeover by Luma Energy under a …

PG&E to Ante Up $150M for Botched Outages, Recent Wildfires

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is getting hit with a nearly $150 million billion for neglect that caused Northern California wildfires during the past two years and mismanagement of blackouts designed to prevent the utility’s crumbling …

Berkshire Defends $8B Texas Power Proposal to Combat Blackouts

Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday defended its $8 billion proposal to build natural gas plants in Texas to help reduce the threat of devastating blackouts such as those in February. “When you look at the power sector (in Texas), it …

High Winds Leave Tens Out Thousands Without Power

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 130,000 homes and businesses were without power across New England and New York on Tuesday as winds reaching 70 mph or more knocked down power lines across the region. The wind gusted to 71 …

Texas Lawmakers Investigate Deadly Power Blackout

Texas state legislators on Thursday started digging into the causes of deadly power blackouts that left millions shivering in the dark as frigid temperatures caught its grid operator and utilities ill-prepared for skyrocketing power demand. Hearings are highlighting shortcomings by …

Japan’s Stressed Power Grid Faces New Test With Arctic Blast on Way

TOKYO — Japan’s overstretched electricity grid is likely to receive another Arctic blast in the coming days, which is already pushing up wholesale prices and may stress generators as they struggle to keep units running after a powerful quake. While …

Power Cuts Begin in California as Winds Threaten to Spark Fires

Power shutoffs that could ultimately affect more than 1 million people in Southern California began Wednesday morning as high winds raised the risk of live wires sparking wildfires. Edison International’s Southern California Edison cut electricity to 849 homes and businesses …

Tropical Storm Eta to Drench Florida With Downpours for Days

After coming ashore in the Florida Keys overnight, Tropical Storm Eta will wander the eastern Gulf of Mexico, dumping heavy rain on the Sunshine State and raking it with gusty winds. Eta will likely become a Category 1 hurricane later …

California Doomed to Frequent Blackout Risk by Battery Shortage

As the threat of blackouts continues to plague California, officials are pointing to battery storage as a key to preventing future power shortfalls. But the Golden State is going to need a lot more batteries to weather the next climate-driven …