POWERnews [September 5, 2013]

NIST Releases Draft of Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

A discussion draft of a preliminary cybersecurity framework posted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week outlines several functions to protect industrial control systems, but it…

NRC Seeks Help on How to Best Use Insufficient Nuclear Funds to Resume Yucca Review

In response to a pivotal federal court decision in August, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week said it will seek comments on how to restart the licensing process for…

Dominion Wins Interior Dept.'s Federal Offshore Wind Auction

Dominion Virginia Power is the provisional winner of the Interior Department's second competitive lease sale of federal land off the coast of Virginia to develop an offshore wind farm. The…

Duke to Retire Four Coal Units Under New Edwardsport IGCC Settlement

Duke Energy will retire four coal units and possibly two oil-fired units under terms of a settlement reached between the company and four citizen and environmental groups over outstanding air…

Oklahoma Requests Full Court Review of EPA Regional Haze Case

The state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) on Tuesday asked the full 10-judge panel at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review their challenge to the…

Maduro: Widespread Venezuela Blackout Caused by Sabotage

A failure in one of the Venezuelan national grid's transmission lines reportedly cut power to nearly half of the oil-rich country, including in much of its capital, Caracas, on Tuesday.…