Dirtiest Coal Power Plant in Australia to Close

One of Australia's dirtiest power plants will be shuttered, its owner said Thursday, in a move hailed by environmentalists. After decades of belching pollution, the Hazelwood brown coal-fired power station in Victoria will close in March after French energy giant Engie decided it was no longer viable

Hazelwood—which supplies around 22 percent of Victoria's energy requirements and about four percent of the nation's—is 72 percent owned by Engie and 28 percent by Japanese trading house Mitsui. Paris said late last year that Engie—partly owned by the French government—was going to stop investing in the development of coal-fired power plants, the biggest source of man-made CO2 emissions. Read more

Was The So Cal Edison Power Grid Hacked Today?

Was the South Bay Power Outage Caused by Hackers?

This morning a Southern California power outage occurred on a relatively cool morning.  It was a very large outage for over 100,000 customers in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Inglewood.  

This is an unprecedented outage and begs the question of why it was it so large?  The media still has not reported a cause almost 5 hours after the incident.  This makes me suspect that a possible outside source like hackers might have caused the outage.   Socal Edison should know almost immediately what caused the problem and we still haven't heard anything.  

Here are two incidents found that make me suspect something like this could have happened. Ukraine power grid hacked in January of 2016 and a group of power grid hackers broke into a Midwest power grid.  

South Bay Power Outage Map & Refinery Flaring Oct 11

Power Outage Map and Torrance Refinery Flaring

A shelter-in-place order was temporarily issued for Torrance residents near the former Torrance refinery flaring event Tuesday morning, and power outages were affecting more than 100,000 customers in the broader South Bay area.  Flames were visible from 20 miles away.

The refinery has been plagued by power disruptions in recent weeks that have caused a series of unplanned flaring events.

NY Nuclear Power Plant Leaking Radioactive Flow Into Hudson River

New York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently called for an investigation after Indian Point, a nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, reported a leak of radioactive material flowing into the groundwater. Now, new samples taken from the local groundwater show that contamination levels are 80% higher than previous samples, prompting experts to claim this leak is spreading in “a disaster waiting to happen” and calling for the plant to be shut down completely. The Indian Point nuclear power plant is located just 25 miles north of New York City, and it’s a crucial source of of power for over 23 million people living in the greater NYC metropolitan region.  Read more