Terrorists would like nothing better than to bring down Silicon Valley in one fell swoop. One way is to cut off its electric power. But PG&E is arming itself, too.
As the use of intermittent energy sources like sun and wind continues to rise, battery storage is increasingly entering the conversation about the nation's electrical grid. A new energy storage mandate in California is pushing the issue further.
The California Public Utilities Commission has voted unanimously to allow ridesharing services to operate in the Golden State as 'Transportation Network Companies.' Drivers will now have to pass a criminal background check and take safety classes, among other requirements, while their cars will have to pass 19-point inspections.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could face a record fine for a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb. Officials hope it will help prevent future accidents while some warn that rising natural gas demand is outpacing investment in energy infrastructure.
JPMorgan Chase developed schemes to sell electricity at falsely attractive prices in Michigan and California, according to The New York Times. The market manipulation could result in JPMorgan Chase receiving penalties from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Nissan hopes to add another 500 new electric car quick-charging stations over the next 18 months, Voelcker writes.
Hurricane Sandy caused a record storm-related power outage in New York City and has more than 7.4 million homes and businesses without power. So why aren't cities burying more power lines underground to avoid the blackouts?