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MOROVIS, Puerto Rico – Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people still living without electricity in the mountains of central Puerto Rico more than three months after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. island. They waited two hours under the searing sun for their twice-a-week handout – 24 bottles of water and a cardboard box filled with basic foods such as tortillas, canned vegetables and cereal.
The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has created its own electric utility to serve its expanding casino-hotel complex in Airway Heights.
Idaho National Laboratory’s electric grid testing area underwent recent upgrades to its infrastructure, allowing researchers to conduct full-scale experiments with new technology aimed at modernizing power systems.
The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodegas. When night falls, it’s the glow of car lights, not streetlights, that helps break through the darkness.
The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to invest in renewable energy has put a dent in how much Spokane earns from the plant, which incinerates garbage in a process that produces electricity.
This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left tens of thousands of people without a job. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century, with winds just shy of Category 5 force.
Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.
Avista Utilities said equipment problems led to about 23,000 customers losing power just before 9 a.m. Tuesday on the South Hill and in the East Central neighborhood in Spokane. The outages were caused by a transformer blowing out at a substation, said Debbie Simock, a utility spokeswoman. Most customers had their power restored in 14 minutes, she said.
Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear Friday.
A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.
Avista’s top five executives made in excess of $10.5 million in 2016, and the company reported net income of $83.9 million in the first half of 2017.
Crews are taking two approaches to restore power to two North Carolina Outer Banks islands.
For months, Sen. Maria Cantwell has been warning in letters to the Trump administration and colleagues that Congress needs to do more to keep the nation’s energy supply safe from cyberattacks. Now it appears she has a widespread attack to bolster her admonitions.
For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.
Egypt on Thursday raised electricity prices by more than 40 percent, its latest move on the road to lifting all subsidies and complying with demands by the International Monetary Fund for a $12 billion bailout loan.
On Thursday, 19 Democratic senators sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him to direct the Energy Department to conduct an analysis of Russia’s capability to hack into and disrupt the U.S. electric grid.
Researchers have discovered a troubling breed of power grid-wrecking software, saying in a report published Monday that the program was very likely responsible for a brief blackout in Ukraine late last year.
Portland General Electric has suspended its effort to get permits for two new natural gas-fired power plants in eastern Oregon.
The winter’s heavy snowpack gave a boost to Avista Corp.’s first quarter earnings, filling reservoirs with water for hydroelectric generation.
Microsoft has struck a deal with Washington state’s largest energy utility allowing the software giant to buy its own power on the open market.