April 17, 2007 |
Terrorism investigators are examining computer tampering and a bomb threat Monday that led to a lengthy evacuation of the headquarters of an agency that controls most of California's electric transmission system. The incident at the California Independent System Operator in Folsom followed the apparent midnight tampering with computer programs used to buy and sell power on the real-time market.
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October 23, 2003 |
Law officers in Northern California and Oregon were on the hunt Wednesday for a portly, gray-bearded man suspected of attempting to topple two electricity transmission towers in what police said smacked of domestic terrorism. Authorities said the man tried to remove large bolts and nuts at the base of the steel structures in an apparent attempt to bring the 115-kilovolt electrical lines crashing down in a high wind.
December 12, 2000 |
It was 109 degrees last June 14, the hottest day in San Jose history--and quite possibly the longest day in the history of SDL Inc. The skyrocketing mercury overtaxed the area's electricity grid, culminating in blown transformers and rolling blackouts in much of the Bay Area. Frenzied SDL managers suddenly found themselves in an odd bucket brigade, feeding diesel fuel into a backup generator five gallons at a time to protect several super-sophisticated devices.
February 8, 2001 |
As Gov. Gray Davis and legislators grapple with a rescue plan for California's major utilities, the top executive of Edison International indicated for the first time Wednesday that his company may be willing to give up a valuable chunk of property--its massive transmission grid--in exchange for the state's financial help. But Edison Chairman John Bryson said the price would be high--as much as $6 billion, far more than the state apparently wants to pay. "We value the transmission business.
September 12, 2004 |
During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, two Tomahawk cruise missiles slammed into the hulking power complex here, leaving dumpster-sized transformers crumpled like balls of tissue paper. The strike crippled Iraq's largest source of electricity, cutting off almost 10% of the country's power supply. It took two months and 23 days for Iraqi engineers to get the plant running again. During last year's war, the U.S.
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August 30, 2007 |
Where it was hot and steamy in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon, it was really hot and steamy. And where it was relatively cool and comfortable, it was pretty darn cool and comfortable for late August. All told, Wednesday's weather yielded an unusually wide temperature divide, a gap of more than 40 degrees between oceanfront and desert.
February 3, 2001 |
As California's utilities press a major federal lawsuit against the state to recoup billions in losses, the Senate leader on Friday said he intends to push for state control of the massive electricity transmission system in exchange for helping the utilities avert bankruptcy. Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) said that by taking control of the transmission grid, California can hold down costs for consumers while gaining some control over private marketers of electricity.
March 21, 2001 |
As blackouts hit California for a second day Tuesday, a key consultant to Gov. Gray Davis said negotiations to buy the power grid owned by the state's largest utilities "are proceeding at an accelerated pace." Wall Street consultant Joseph Fichera said talks with Southern California Edison could be wrapped up within days, although those with PG&E are much less advanced. The administration and PG&E have not reached even an agreement in principle, he said.
November 17, 2012 |
WAILUKU, Hawaii - On an island whose stock in trade is sun, and lots of it, Lawrence and Cindy Lee figured they'd be foolish not to join their neighbors and put a few solar panels on the roof. The Lees called one of the solar contractors racing around Hawaii these days, and put in their order. Eleven months later, in October - after endless consultations, emails and a $3,000 study required by Maui Electric Co. - they were still waiting for a permit. "Instead of it being like they want to help you get your solar system in," Lawrence Lee said, "it's more like they don't want you to. " Solar power has grown increasingly popular across the U.S. Sun Belt, but hardly anywhere has it taken hold as it has in Hawaii.
March 28, 2011 |
When a large Southern California water system wanted to probe the vulnerabilities of its computer networks, it hired Los Angeles-based hacker Marc Maiffret to test them. His team seized control of the equipment that added chemical treatments to drinking water — in one day. The weak link: County employees had been logging into the network through their home computers, leaving a gaping security hole. Officials of the urban water system told Maiffret that with a few mouse clicks, he could have rendered the water undrinkable for millions of homes.