Infrastructure

Texas Grid Operator Urges Electricity Conservation As Temperatures Rise

"The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number of outages. At the same time, the state is experiencing near-record demand for electricity in June."

Source: Texas Tribune, 06/15/2021

"Minnesota Court Affirms Approval Of Line 3 Oil Pipeline"

"The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in a dispute that drew over 1,000 protesters to northern Minnesota last week."

Source: AP, 06/15/2021

Irrigation Districts Are Key to Covering Coming Drought

With megadrought a growing reality, one way into the story is through ubiquitous water management agencies. TipSheet surveys the “waterscape” of these governmental bodies — from local irrigation districts to multi-state regional water compacts — and how focusing on them can yield vital insights for drought stories. Plus, questions to ask and links to reporting resources.

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"U.S. Water and Power Are Shockingly Vulnerable to Cyberhacks"

"When the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was hacked in 2018, it took a mere six hours. Early this year, an intruder lurked in hundreds of computers related to water systems across the U.S. In Portland, Oregon, burglars installed malicious computers onto a grid providing power to a chunk of the Northwest."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/14/2021

New Infrastructure Proposal Faces Dem Resistance, Calls For End To Talks

"Liberal Senate Democrats are unloading on a bipartisan group of senators working on an infrastructure deal, warning that the effort to win GOP backing could erode support on the left -- underscoring the stiff resistance the negotiators face in shepherding the proposal through a narrowly divided Congress."

Source: CNN, 06/11/2021

Infrastructure Talks With Capito Collapse, As Biden Shifts Strategy

"President Biden ended negotiations with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) over his infrastructure package Tuesday as the two sides failed to strike a deal after weeks of talks. A key part of Biden’s domestic agenda now enters a new, uncertain phase, as the president shifts his focus to a separate group of Democrats and Republicans in hopes of reaching a deal."

Source: Washington Post, 06/09/2021

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