Puerto Rico's power grid fails hours ahead of potential arrival of tropical storm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A day before potential Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to bring rains and winds to Puerto Rico, at least 400,000 customers throughout the island were left without power.The outage affected multiple municipalities — from cities in the metropolitan area such as San Juan and Guaynabo to the mountainous towns of Jayuya and Naranjito to the coastal town of Cabo Rojo in the southwest.But even on Wednesday morning, hours before the storm was expected to be felt across the island and people and officials prepared for its effects, an internal spat within Puerto Rico’s bankrup...
Public resistance, high costs are canceling pipelines across US
Not long ago, builders of fossil fuel pipelines in the U.S. followed a standard pattern: The operator made a business case for the project, lining up committed shippers, customers, and investors. Regulators obliged by granting a certificate of public need, which includes the power to acquire easements from property owners even if they object.But building a pipeline these days has become increasingly more challenging and expensive, as aggrieved property owners and climate activists have joined to rally political opposition to energy infrastructure projects as never before, and have scored a ser...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Electricity not a factor in drowning deaths of 3 family members
Electricity was not a factor in the drowning deaths of three members of the same East Brunswick family, officials said on Wednesday.A spokeswoman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office told NJ Advance media that the victims were not electrically shocked prior to their deaths by drowning Monday afternoon. It was previously reported an electrician was called to the home to investigate.An 8-year-old girl, her mother, Nisha Patel, 33, and her paternal grandfather, Bharat Patel, 62, were pronounced dead outside the East Brunswick home after drowning in their backyard pool in what appears to b...
State, federal officials take different paths trying to stop utilities from causing wildfires
SAN DIEGO — Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history — a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County — state and federal officials have staked out differing positions on how to prevent history from repeating itself.Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Public Utilities Commission created a new division to monitor wildfire safety plans from California utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric, whose equipment and negligence ignited the Camp fire in November 2018.They restructured their oversight a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A plan to install electric truck charging stations up and down the West Coast
Most of the attention on adopting electric vehicles is focused on passenger cars. California, for example, has set a goal to have at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the state’s highways by 2030.But the called-for transition also includes trucks and big rigs and with that in mind, a coalition of electric utilities on the West Coast just released a study recommending the establishment of a network of charging stations for freight haulers and delivery trucks along Interstate 5 — from San Diego in the south to Washington’s border with Canada in the north.In addition to 27 sites along the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune