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Linemen News: July

News Highlights from the Electric Power Industry.

ERCOT’s 60-point roadmap to grid reliability unveiled

This week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) delivered its “Roadmap to Improving Grid Reliability” to Governor Greg Abbott, members of the Texas Legislature and the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The Roadmap addresses operational improvements to the Texas power grid, including important legislative changes, objectives outlined in the Governor’s letter issued July 6 and other reforms.  >> Read more

Congress to examine ransomware threat as NERC, FERC call for ‘continued vigilance’ to secure electric grid

The massive SolarWinds breach, along with recent attacks on Colonial Pipeline, the meat processing giant JBS and the water treatment facility for Oldsmar, Florida, have alarmed government and industry, highlighting vulnerabilities across U.S. critical infrastructure.

“Ransomware attacks are a rising national security threat, having devastated both private businesses and some of our most critical infrastructure in the last few years,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., said in a joint statement with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. >> Read more

El Dabaa First of ‘Several’ Nuclear Reactors for Egypt

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant is moving forward, and a government official said the country plans to build “several” more reactors “in various regions” to help support economic development and increasing demand for power. >> Read more

Chevron Corp and its partners in the Gorgon LNG project off Western Australia have agreed to go ahead with a $4 billion project to improve gas recovery from offshore wells and keep the huge liquefied natural gas plant filled for 40 years, as reported by Reuters. >> Read more

Why a seasoned energy executive sees a bright future in long-duration energy storage

When Eric Dresselhuys got a call from the board of directors at ESS earlier this spring asking him to come on as Chief Executive Officer of the company that provides an Iron Flow Battery (IFB) for long-duration storage, he didn’t hesitate. >> Read more

Be Prepared. Think Safety.