DHS strategy seeks deeper grasp of rare grid threats
Responding to a congressional directive, the Department of Homeland Security has claimed a leadership position in coordinating the defense of power grids and other critical infrastructure against damaging electromagnetic pulses from solar storms or crippling shock waves from an atmospheric nuclear explosion.
GE asks outsider to stem gaping losses in gas turbines
The hammer fell at the battered General Electric Co. for a second time in 14 months yesterday, as an impatient board of directors dismissed GE veteran John Flannery as chairman and chief executive, replacing him with outside board member Lawrence Culp Jr., with a mandate to quickly deal with the slumping GE Power division.
GE ousts CEO over power division's dismal performance
The board of General Electric Co. today removed GE veteran John Flannery as chairman and CEO after a little more than a year on the job because of frustration over continued weakness of its signature GE Power division.
DOE renews research seeking battery breakthroughs
The Energy Department yesterday committed $120 million to renew a research project led by the Argonne National Laboratory to construct new storage battery technologies from the bottom up, "atom by atom."
Speed up solar flare defense, DOE expert urges
For $4 billion, transmission companies could protect vital substation transformers against possible destruction from a once-in-a-century shock wave from the sun, a leading national laboratory scientist told senators last week.