Articles by Lynn Doan, Bloomberg

Three PG&E Executives Decide When Californian Residents Go Dark to Stop Fires

Since an unprecedented blackout plunged millions of Californians into darkness last week, residents and state officials have questioned how utility giant PG&E Corp. came to the decision to cut the lights. Now they have some answers. In a report filed …

Californians Bracing for Next Blackout After Massive Outage Ends

An unprecedented blackout that plunged millions of Californians into the darkness for days is over. And nobody can say when the next will hit. Even as PG&E Corp. declared an end to last week’s shutoffs – a deliberate move to …

ConEd Faces Heat After Times Square Goes Dark

It lasted all of five hours – and hit just the spot on New York’s power system to take out the lights in Times Square, force the evacuation of Madison Square Garden in the middle of a Jennifer Lopez concert …

Update: Tropical Storm Colin Moving Out to Sea; Heavy Rain, Atlantic Storm Surge Threats Remain

Tropical Storm Colin moved out to sea early Tuesday after knocking out power to thousands, prompting Florida Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency. The threat of a storm surge flooding shifted to the Atlantic Coast from the …

Tropical Storm Koppu Forms in Pacific, Heading Toward Philippines, East Asia

Tropical Storm Koppu, which formed Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, is heading west in a direction that may bring it ashore in the northern Philippines later this week. The system is forecast to continue its track west through Oct. 16 …

Major Hurricane Joaquin Could Hit East Coast

Joaquin became a major hurricane as it tears toward the Bahamas and government forecasters said they can’t rule out a strike on the U.S. East Coast as early as Sunday. The 10th storm of the Atlantic season had top wind …

Wildfires in Northern Alberta Continue to Disrupt Oil Sands Production

Wildfires in northern Alberta kept about 10 percent of Canada’s oil sands production offline for a third day [on Tuesday] as Bank of America Corp. warned the blazes may slow the economy. A fire at Cold Lake Weapons Range that …

Hawaii Spared Hurricane As Iselle Weakens to Tropical Storm

Hawaii escaped its first hurricane strike in 22 years as Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm just before making landfall at the Big Island. Iselle, bearing winds of 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, was 80 miles south of …

Southern California Spot Power in Surges Due to Fires

Spot electricity in Southern California surged as Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric Co. utility worked to restore service following a fire that disrupted high-voltage transmissions. On-peak, spot electricity at Southern California’s SP15 hub more than doubled to $152.73 …

North Dakota Train Fire Restarts Oil Transport Safety Debate

The derailment and fire that led to the evacuation of a North Dakota town has renewed the debate over whether it’s safer to ship oil by rail or pipeline as the U.S. completes a review of the Keystone XL project. …