Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.

#chemistry, #electric-light-and-power, #electronics, #hydrogen, #nature-journal, #physics, #research, #superconductors, #your-feed-science

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Climate Change and Poor Planning Blamed for California Blackouts

Grid managers ordered rolling blackouts across the state during a heat wave in August for the first time in two decades.

#california, #electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #australia, #batteries, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #queensland-australia, #solar-energy, #wildfires

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Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries

When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #california, #california-independent-system-operator, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Hamas and Israel Agree to Ease Hostilities Amid Coronavirus

With the coronavirus spreading fast in Gaza, the sides agreed to stop bombarding each other, and Israel said it would resume fuel supplies. A cash infusion from Qatar helped seal the deal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #haniya-ismail, #palestinians

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Poor Planning Left California Short of Electricity in a Heat Wave

Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.

#california, #california-independent-system-operator, #california-public-utilities-commission, #diablo-canyon-power-plant-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #ivanpah-solar-electric-generating-system, #newsom-gavin, #nuclear-energy, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shutdowns-institutional, #wildfires

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California Expresses Frustration as Blackouts Enter 4th Day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.

#california, #california-independent-system-operator, #electric-light-and-power, #federal-energy-regulatory-commission, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Europe’s Big Oil Companies Are Turning Electric

Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #descalzi-claudio-1955, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #eni-spa, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #looney-bernard-1970, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc

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Rolling Blackouts in California Have Power Experts Stumped

Managers of the electric system argue that a lack of power prompted the decision to enact blackouts, though demand this weekend fell short of the state’s peak years.

#california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #san-diego-gaselectric, #southern-california-edison-sce, #weather, #wildfires

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Lights Dim and Worries Mount as a Heat Wave Roasts California

Overwhelmed by demand, California’s power grid imposed rotating blackouts, while the coronavirus crisis created a dilemma for those who were unable to stay cool at home.

#air-conditioning, #arizona, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #los-angeles-calif, #maricopa-county-ariz, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather

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Almost 150,000 Still Without Power One Week After Hurricane Isaias

For residents of Connecticut and New York who are still without power, frustration with utility companies grew as temperatures rose.

#bethel-conn, #connecticut, #consolidated-edison-inc, #cuomo-andrew-m, #danbury-conn, #electric-light-and-power, #new-york-state, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather

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How PG&E Is Racing to Improve Safety as Fire Season Approaches

The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.

#accidents-and-safety, #bankruptcies, #california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #calistoga-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #napa-calif, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #wildfires

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The Next Energy Battle: Renewables vs. Natural Gas

As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #coal, #dominion-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #environment, #great-river-energy, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #los-angeles-department-of-water-and-power, #natural-gas, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A judge approved a plea agreement between the California utility and a prosecutor after hearing from people whose lost loved ones were killed in the Camp Fire.

#accidents-and-safety, #bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #crime-and-criminals, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #sentences-criminal, #wildfires

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PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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PG&E to Plead Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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As Energy Prices Tumble, Developing Countries Trim Subsidies

Trying to cut spending as the pandemic reduces tax revenue, governments are finding it easier to lift restraints on what consumers pay for fuel.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #ecuador, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #india, #international-energy-agency, #nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #taxation

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California Regulators Back PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

The vote increases the likelihood that the utility will resolve its case by a June 30 deadline and get future liability protection from the state.

#bankruptcies, #california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wildfires

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PG&E Says Wildfire Victims Back Settlement in Bankruptcy

The vote to accept a $13.5 billion deal will help the California utility resolve its bankruptcy in time to qualify for a state wildfire fund.

#bankruptcies, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #stocks-and-bonds, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wildfires

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Scientists Consider Indoor Ultraviolet Light to Zap Coronavirus in the Air

Some researchers hope a decades-old technology might get its moment and be deployed in stores, restaurants and schools.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #fans-airflow, #ultraviolet-light

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The City That Never Sleeps Is Waking Up Later

Some 400 special electric meters in New York apartments provide a shifting view of power use while people are stuck inside.

#air-conditioning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantines

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PG&E Chief Executive to Retire in June

Bill Johnson joined the troubled utility last year and will leave when the company resolves its bankruptcy case.

#electric-light-and-power, #johnson-william-daniel-1954, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #wildfires

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The Navajo Nation Is Facing the Coronavirus, Too

Coronavirus in the Navajo Nation exposes underlying vulnerabilities.

#albuquerque-nm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #electric-light-and-power, #epidemics, #grandparents, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #quarantines, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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