Tag: Energy and Power

Can PG&E Survive the California Wildfires?

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric problem isn’t going away. The giant utility has been in bankruptcy for months, and it is not clear who will end up controlling it. This uncertainty has extended into the wildfire season, exposing not just the shortcomings in PG&E’s fire-prevention efforts but also the threat that fire liabilities still pose […]

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Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy

Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth coal company in a year to file for bankruptcy protection. The move on Tuesday is the latest sign that market forces are throttling the Trump administration’s bid to save the industry. The collapse of the Ohio-based company had long been expected as […]

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Turning Off the Lights in California

BERKELEY, Calif. — The New Normal is the phrase many use to describe the ways our world is evolving as the climate changes. As we have seen in recent years in the American West, and especially in California, it means dealing with more frequent and more devastating wildfires. Many of California’s worst fires, including last […]

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PG&E Power Outage: Live Updates as Californians Confront Blackout

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA stop sign sat at an intersection in a darkened neighborhood in Marin City, Calif., after Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to many Northern California communities Wednesday.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times The second phase of the shutdown cut power to about 250,000 more customers. SAN FRANCISCO […]

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PG&E Power Outage Expands in California: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePacific Gas and Electric cut power to many Northern California communities ahead of winds matched with dry conditions in Sausalito on Wednesday.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times The second phase of the shutdown cut power to about 250,000 more customers. SAN FRANCISCO — About 800,000 electricity customers in […]

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Oil Giants, Under Fire From Climate Activists and Investors, Mount a Defense

From the deck of a boat in New York harbor, the chief executive of Equinor squinted toward a stretch of sea where his oil company will soon build a giant wind farm. “We are doing all we can” to fight climate change, said the executive, Eldar Saetre. Hours later, at a hotel where Mr. Saetre […]

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Attack on Saudi Oil Facility Is Seen as Short-Term Disruption

HOUSTON — The drone attack on one of Saudi Arabia’s most important oil facilities could cripple a portion of Saudi petroleum exports for days or even weeks and send energy prices higher. But experts say that a severe shock to energy markets and the world economy is unlikely. The attack on the Abqaiq processing facility, […]

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As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground

America’s coal-burning power plants are shutting down at a rapid pace, forcing electric utilities to face the next big climate question: Embrace natural gas, or shift aggressively to renewable energy? Some large utilities, including Xcel Energy in the Upper Midwest, are now planning to sharply cut their coal and gas use in favor of cleaner […]

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Blue States Roll Out Aggressive Climate Strategies. Red States Keep to the Sidelines.

WASHINGTON — At a time when the country is already deeply fractured along partisan lines, individual states are starting to pursue vastly different policies on climate change with the potential to cement an economic and social divide for years to come. A growing number of blue states are adopting sweeping new climate laws — such […]

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Hacking the Russian Power Grid

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A New York Times investigation found that the United States is actively infiltrating Russia’s electric power grid. We look at what that means for the future of cyberwarfare. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest […]

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To Make Headway on Climate Change, Let’s Change the Subject

DENVER — The morning two years ago that Jared Polis announced his run for governor of Colorado, he went to a coffee roaster operating on solar power and promised more renewable energy for the state. Campaigning on that alongside education and health care reform, Mr. Polis, a Democrat, blew away his Republican opponent last fall […]

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