As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s energy critical infrastructure, the Energy Department (DOE) today announced more than $34 million for two projects that will improve the protection of the U.S. electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats.The University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois will assemble… Keep reading →

Energy & Environment Update – September 2015 #3

"Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter's Square - 12 May 2013" by Edgar Jiménez from Porto, Portugal - Papa rock star. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Congressional activities are abbreviated this week, with the observance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.

Lazards Merchant Bank Issues Report On Time Warner

  Analysts are beginning to question whether Carl Icahn has taken on an insurmountable challenge by investing heavily in Chesapeake Energy. “The company made its second big cut in capital spending in the last month, highlighting the grinding toll that low oil and gas prices are taking on energy stocks—and how tough it will be… Keep reading →

Australian Prime Minister Addresses Joint Meeting Of Congress

The House Energy and Commerce Committee lead by Chairman Fred Upton has released a “framework document” Monday that outlines their legislative goals for energy policy. Congressman Upton said, “Our energy realities have changed dramatically – we’ve gone from bust to boom practically overnight. However, today’s energy policies are lagging far behind.” The four-part outline described… Keep reading →

Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). “Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.  “She is well-prepared for her… Keep reading →

San Francisco Zoo Celebrates Endangered Species Day

It’s called “Energetic Bear” and some experts believe elements of the Russian government are behind a string of malware infections that reportedly compromised hundreds of industrial control systems. Originally thought to be used as a form of espionage, experts believe the technology can gain control of energy infrastructure and “cripple physical systems such as wind… Keep reading →

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Announces New Cybersecurity Team

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for utilities and other energy companies as more business tasks are connected to online environments in various ways. To better address these risks, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” which called for the development of a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity to enhance the security and resilience… Keep reading →

Surging Oil Industry Brings Opportunity To Rural California

The natural gas industry is optimistic about its own future, but safety – be it pipeline, environmental or cyber – continues to be a key concern, according to Black & Veatch’s second annual Strategic Directions in the North American Natural Gas Industry survey. The overwhelming majority of the survey’s 336 respondents expect the US natural gas industry to… Keep reading →

Coal Remains Main Source Of German Energy Supply

Dear State Public Utility Commission Chairmen and Chairwomen, Risk management isn’t a new concept for any of the utility companies you regulate, nor I’m sure, is it new for you and your team.  When large storms or fires cause power outages, you monitor how quickly electric utilities return service to customers. When proposals for new… Keep reading →

Storm-Damaged Communities On East Coast Hit By Nor'Easter

The energy industry is absolutely full of things that almost no one thinks about until they break. Until a high profile blackout or a price spike, the complex and technical questions that determine the outcomes of fundamental sector responsibilities like reliability and data security are often ignored by the broader public and even by industry… Keep reading →

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