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Some $3.1 million of the $6.3 million budget under consideration is slated for a project to install fiber-optic cables in the rural area between Ariel and Cougar. The project is currently in the engineering phase.
State and federal law enforcement is investigating a phishing scheme that targeted Johnstown Regional Sewage. The agency has not confirmed if money or information was lost in the attack.
Chelan County PUD commissioners voted in favor of buying seven capacitor banks at about $4 million total for the upcoming Microsoft data center. The banks will ensure more efficient power delivery to the facility, officials say.
Public utility districts in Douglas and Chelan counties plan to exchange miles of fiber cable for both fiber broadband networks to deliver high-speed Internet service to customers at an expected bargain.
The challenges of defending water infrastructure are numerous. Many of the systems in California – and nationwide – are still operating with outdated software, poor passwords and other weaknesses that could leave them at risk.
Two years after the Port of Seattle lost $572,683 to phishing email scammers, the Washington state auditor's office has released the findings of an audit noting issues with consistency and adherence to procedures.
Dozens of New Jersey communities, school districts and private companies will soon be able to replace some of their diesel-burning heavy vehicles with electric versions thanks to funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
The web of wires connecting thousands of power plants to supply hundreds of millions of Americans is vulnerable to more than cyber attacks. A rise in physical attacks has also caused significant disruptions and losses.
Fifty-four of the 56 entities eligible for year one federal grants applied, and 10 have fulfilled the second part of the process by submitting their cybersecurity plans. A notice of funding opportunity is expected year two in the spring.
Unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, are increasingly being used to inspect power infrastructure. The devices remove many of the potential hazards that accompany human inspections.