Nearly 200 electric utility linemen from across Tennessee are moving into place to help restore power once Hurricane Florence storm passes over the East Coast, with more on standby. Phillip Burgess, with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, said 44 linemen from various municipalities including Athens, Murfreesboro and Tullahoma have been sent to staging areas in North Carolina. Jackson, Tenn., Energy Authority has two five-man crews headed to Apex, N.C. The Greeneville, Tenn., Electric System is sending two five-man crews to Greenville, N.C. Athens Utilities Board is sending six linemen to Greenville, N.C. The Murfreesboro Electric Department has five linemen headed for Wilson, N.C. The Tullahoma Utilities Board is sending three linemen to Wilson, N.C. Memphis Light Gas & Water is sending two five-man crews to New Bern, N.C. "In addition to that, we have 62 other linemen on standby just in case additional linemen are needed, Burgess said. That includes eight from … [Read more...] about Tennessee electric utility linemen ready to help restore power to East Coast after Hurricane Florence
Hackers working for Russia were able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities last year where they could have caused blackouts, federal officials tell the Wall Street Journal.The hackers -- working for a state-sponsored group previously identified as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear -- broke into utilities' isolated networks by hacking networks belonging to third-party vendors that had relationships with the power companies, the Department of Homeland Security said in a press briefing on Monday. Officials said the campaign had claimed "hundreds of victims" and is likely continuing, the Journal reported."They got to the point where they could have thrown switches" to disrupt the flow power, Jonathan Homer, chief of industrial-control-system analysis for DHS, told the Journal. Organizations running the nation's energy, nuclear and other critical infrastructure have become frequent targets for cyberattacks in recent years due to their ability to cause immediate chaos, … [Read more...] about Russian hackers reportedly gained access to US electric utilities control rooms
(Reuters) - Russian hackers gained access to the networks of U.S. electric utilities last year, which could have allowed them to cause blackouts, according to federal government officials, who said the campaign is likely continuing, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The hackers, who worked for a Russian state-sponsored group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, claimed “hundreds of victims” in 2017, according to officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the Journal reported. Hackers used conventional tools such as spear-phishing emails and watering-hole attacks that trick victims into entering their passwords and then gained access to corporate networks of suppliers, which allowed the hackers to steal credentials and gain access to utility networks, the report on.wsj.com/2LxBrtZ said. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours. DHS plans to conduct four briefings and is searching for … [Read more...] about Russian hackers penetrated networks of U.S. electric utilities: WSJ
A bill in Sacramento that would require utilities to submit detailed plans outlining how they would handle disastrous wildfires is moving through the California Legislature — but it’s facing fierce opposition from consumer groups who say it amounts to a giveaway to power companies.And some of the utilities aren’t crazy about it, either.The legislation, Senate Bill 1088, authored by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Santa Rosa, breezed through the Governmental Organization Committee on an 11-1 vote Tuesday and is heading to the Senate Appropriations Committee in Sacramento.“We need the electric utilities and the Public Utilities Commission to implement best practices and also mandate that our investor-owned utilities do the best job they can to harden the grid and prevent these types of fires,” Dodd said.The bill comes after a series of deadly wildfires scorched the state last year. Fires have been occurring with greater frequency, with eight of the 20 most destructive … [Read more...] about Does this California wildfire bill protect consumers? Or give utilities a blank check?
Thomas Rowland and the generator he was forced to buy after Endesa cut him off. Photo: Thomas Rowland / The Local When Thomas Rowland, 27, and his husband Jordan, moved into a villa on Lanzarote's Teguise coast last November, he went into the local Endesa office and dutifully filled in the forms to transfer the supply contract into his name. Five months later, and after paying the monthly bills, the supply was suddenly cut off with no warning. This is one man's tale of frustration as he does battle with Endesa, the largest electric utility company in Spain. "It was 1:30AM in the morning on Thursday 12th April, my husband and I were lying in bed watching TV when the power went off. Now, this is Lanzarote so being the norm, we thought it was a power cut and went straight to sleep. The next morning we woke only to find that what we originally thought was a power cut was the start of a long “nightmare”! I was panicking because I work from home … [Read more...] about The pain in Spain: One man’s nightmare battle for electricity