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Texas Deep Freeze Could Cost $90 Billion in Losses, Modeler Says

Texas’s deep freeze and power outages last week could cost as much as $90 billion in losses, and most of it could have been avoided, according to Enki Research disaster modeler Chuck Watson. Arctic cold brought ice and sub-zero temperatures …

There’s No Easy Way to End California’s Bedeviling Blackouts

California residents who were incredulous after the head of PG&E Corp. signaled a decade more of blackouts face an unnerving prospect: he may just be right. Four mass power shutoffs in a month have disrupted life in California, forcing schools …

Power and Tech Giants Fight Over Airwaves Space in the U.S.

As tropical storm Barry roared ashore in Louisiana last month, Entergy Corp. monitored the electric grid using airwaves that have long been reserved for utilities and first responders. Those secure, wireless signals helped the company manage outages, even while winds …

ConEd Starts to Shed Light on Why NYC Got Plunged Into the Dark

It started with a broken cable. Sometime before 6:47 p.m. on Saturday, a 13,000-volt underground power line at New York City’s West 64th Street and West End Avenue burned, according to Consolidated Edison Inc. One spokesman for the utility said …

U.S. Power Grid Needs Cybersecurity Protection

The threat of cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid should be dealt with by a single federal agency, not the welter of groups now charged with the electric system’s security, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Monday. While …