The top five sporting even power outages range in severity from temporary electrical failures to outright forces of nature. Some power failures even resulted in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. Check out the list and see if you remember where you were when the television feed went dark.
Someone said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. That may be true, but for power outages not so much. The city of Detroit suffered its fourth power outage in five years on Dec. 2, 2014. According to news reports, the aging municipally owned and operated system suffered blackouts in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Crumbling Power Grid Leads to Blackouts Detroit is not the only city in the United States with power grid systems ready to fail due to age, lack of maintenance, and vulnerability to terrorist attacks. And while there is lots of talk about rebuilding infrastructure, I have heard little about protection from terrorists. Numerous studies, both private and public, agree that the concerns about the vulnerability of the national electrical to fail is at an all-time high. The system suffers from continuing vulnerabilities, such as aging equipment, outdated engineering, and system structures that are obsolete. Adding to these problems is the lack of adequate security a
"Ghost towns may not stay dead with oil nearby, but when energy money leaves, warmer places are likelier to survive." I recently read an interesting article that former ghost town Helena, Texas is back from the dead thanks to the shale boom. For anyone that visits these shale plays in Texas, and similarly in North Dakota, its quite obvious how overwhelmed little towns previously left for dead are at accommodating the population boom. Do the community leaders and entrepreneurs build out infrastructure made to last, or just try to weather the storm? The answer, obviously, depends on how long the interlopers stay. The phrase “ghost town” conjures images of rolling tumbleweed, shattered wooden storefronts, and deserted streets. One almost expects to see a spirit rising up out of a dry well or haunting the saloon where, perhaps, it died in a bar fight. The one thing you don’t expect is to hear that the ghost town is making a rebound and doin’ fine. Yet that’s exa
The House of Representatives leadership decided not to decide, in the manner of true lame duck session. Rather than voting to extend the charter for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which was set to expire on the last day of September, instead Congress, indicating little more than a soft commitment, extended the charter for nine months to June 30, 2015. This decision was much to the chagrin of the House Tea-Party coalition, which believes the Ex-Im Bank is nothing but corporate welfare and an unnecessary burden on U.S. taxpayers. The Ex-Im Bank helps finance loans to foreign companies that want to import American goods back to their own countries. The Ex-Im Bank will finance these foreign countries or businesses at a very low interest rate, so foreign countries and businesses win, as do the American companies they’re buying products from. According to one accounting matrix, the bank made a profit of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 and gave that profit to the Treasury. C
Texas is a large state. Everything about Texas comes super sized, including the Eagle Ford Shale Play – it is the biggest single development project in the great state of Texas. My company, Worldwide Power Products (WPP), is in Houston. As its vice president, I follow the happenings at Eagle Ford carefully. One aspect of the play as it undergoes development is the commitment of the stakeholders to disrupt the environment as little as possible. This effort includes curtailing emissions from power generator equipment and diesel motors. It is an area of concern out in the production fields where WPP helps oil and gas producers meet their commitment to cleaner sources of energy. As a worldwide provider of engines and power generator to oil and gas developers around the globe, we recently signed a partnership arrangement with GFS Corporation, a company that makes bi-fuel kits that once fitted on a diesel generator or engine allows it to accept natural gas as a fuel. Once installed, the