Grid threats require 'imagining the unimaginable' — report
The U.S. electric power network is poorly equipped to restore electricity service to large areas blacked out by natural disasters or hostile attacks, a National Academy of Sciences panel warned yesterday in a report that looks into dark future scenarios that it says the nation and the public have not fully faced up to.
Democrats request review of pipeline cyberdefenses
The top Democrats on the Senate and House energy panels are seeking an assessment of the cyber and physical security protections for natural gas, oil and other hazardous pipeline infrastructure, warning of increased cyberthreats from foreign state-backed and criminal hacking organizations.
Grid study will test administration's grasp of the facts
"Facts," said President John Adams, "are stubborn things." Wishing otherwise doesn't change them. That adage may be tested at the Department of Energy, as Secretary Rick Perry grapples with debates inside his department that could shape the Trump administration's impact on the rapidly changing electricity system.
White House flips on cyber talks with Russia
The Trump administration will explore discussions with Russia's government on limiting cybersecurity conflicts involving the two nations, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Friday.
Slapping tariffs on steel imports hammers energy sector
President Trump will soon have an opportunity to make good on his pledge to stand up for American-made steel. But U.S. intervention in a global commodity market would mean higher prices on steel needed for building bridges, autos, appliances and energy infrastructure, from wind turbines to offshore platforms, oil drilling tubes, pipelines and natural gas generators.