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PG&E offers $250K reward for information on attack on Silicon Valley phone lines, power grid

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas The nighttime, co-ordinated attack on April 16, just a day after the Boston Marathon bombings, involved snipping AT Millions of people in Santa Clara County were asked to conserve energy after power lines were damaged. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff has called the incident an act of terrorism. FBI spokesman Peter Lee reiterated Thursday, however, that the agency has no indications to back that up and the investigation is ongoing.

Federal energy regulator says steps being taken to protect against threats to power grid

WASHINGTON - The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a document that outlined specific physical threats to the nation's electric grid. Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday that employees are "wiping and scrubbing all databases" and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.

Quebec's CVTech subsidiaries awarded about $60 million in contracts

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - Several contracts worth a total of about $60 million have been awarded to subsidiaries of CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT), a Quebec-based construction and maintenance services company. Hydro-Quebec has awarded contracts worth $10 million to CVTech subsidiary JJL Deboisement, for the control of vegetation on electricity distribution lines in the Montreal region.

All households to get next-generation electricity meters by FY 2024

Next-generation electricity meters are expected to be installed in all households in Japan by the end of March 2025, a document presented by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry showed Monday. Facing a tight electricity supply situation after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the government is seeking to accelerate the introduction of the so-called smart meters to help consumers save power by knowing their electricity usage in real time.

Tories, NDP demand CEO of Hydro One quit over outrageous bills, poor service

TORONTO - Ontario's opposition parties said Wednesday they are being flooded with complaints about "outrageous" over-billing and poor customer service at government-owned Hydro One, and demanded the utility's CEO be fired. A family-run grain elevator in the London area that usually pays at most $4,500 a month for electricity got a three-month "estimated" bill from Hydro One for $233,693.70, said Progressive Conservative Jeff Yurek.

Lights back on in Philippine south, but more outages expected

Power was restored in the southern Philippines Friday after a massive blackout left millions without electricity for hours, but officials warned of more outages due to ageing equipment. All of the Mindanao region, home to about 25 million people, regained power around 12.00pm (0400 GMT), 32 hours after lights went out before dawn Thursday, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said. The suspected cause of the region wide blackout was equipment failure at a high-voltage switchyard that utility officials said is about 26 years old.

Allegations TransAlta manipulated electricity market disappoint Redford

CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford said Thursday she was "disappointed" over allegations that TransAlta Corp. manipulated the province's electricity market by shutting down power plants to drive up prices. The province's electricity market watchdog alleges TransAlta (TSX:TA) engaged in the anti-competitive conduct in 2010 and 2011 during peak electricity demands.

Gov't approves bills to free up Japan's electricity retail market

The government approved on Friday bills that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and other small-lot consumers around 2016 is the second part of a three-stage electricity reform the government has decided to carry out after a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 -- which also triggered a nuclear crisis -- exposed the vulnerability of Japan's power system.

Gov't approves bills to free up Japan's electricity retail market

The government approved on Friday bills that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and other small-lot consumers around 2016 is the second part of a three-stage electricity reform the government has decided to carry out after a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 -- which also triggered a nuclear crisis -- exposed the vulnerability of Japan's power system.

Quebec probe looks at allegations of intimidation on construction sites

MONTREAL - Quebec's corruption inquiry has begun examining union intimidation and extortion on construction sites around the province, with an investigator sharing anecdotes he gathered from workers. Testimony on Monday painted a picture of a construction union in complete control of what happened on sites on Quebec's North Shore. Inquiry investigator Michel Comeau said the union was ready to sabotage sites by vandalizing equipment. There were also work slowdowns and payoffs to union brass, practices he said increased the price of projects by as much as 30 per cent.
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