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Pennsylvania power companies unscathed by hackers

The good news is that hackers have not caused the lights to go out in Pennsylvania. But have they even tried? It’s unclear. State regulators and the utilities themselves won’t discuss attempted breaches, citing security concerns. Nationally, The Associated Press found that foreign hackers have been able to infiltrate power companies’ computer systems about a dozen times in the last ...

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Power problems in the Permian Basin

BY JON VANDERLAAN | Odessa American, TX Amid several power outages over the past week putting thousands without electricity, an Oncor spokesman said the outages are to be expected. Gus Ortega, area manager with Oncor, said it takes time to repair outages. “We can’t predict outages and we can’t guarantee no outages,” Ortega said. “There are always outages throughout our ...

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Large power outage in Dickinson


By Jessica Holdman About 60 percent of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. customers in Dickinson lost power Thursday morning. The company’s “relay system tripped out,” taking three of the area’s five substations out of service, spokesman Mark Hanson said. About 5,700 customers in the southern two-thirds of town lost power starting at 7:30 a.m. MDT, Hanson said. Power was restored within an hour ...

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