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Intel Briefing – August 2012

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Small, local energy technologies to help sustain vital services during blackouts.
Researchers suggest that rethinking the solution to sustaining electric power could keep critical services going, even when the high-voltage grid is crippled, Homeland Security News Wire reported July 12. The U.S. military is already taking steps to protect its power supplies in the event of a massive grid failure by adopting small, local energy technologies, and the California governor recently announced he wants 12,000 megawatts of such power supplies in his State. To combat future widespread and extended power outages, Carnegie Mellon University researchers have devised a strategy to use local distributed electricity generation, distribution automation, and smart meters to form small electricity “islands” that would support critical social services in the event of a substantial disruption resulting from extreme weather, terrorism, or other causes.

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Bay City plagued by 25 water main breaks from hot weather in less than three weeks.
Recent hot weather put a strain on Bay City, Michigan’s water system, causing 25 water main breaks in less than 3 weeks, Mlive.com reported July 12. “This increase in the number of pipe failures is directly related to high water use in the community and increased water flows related to the recent hot and dry weather,” according to a news release. Since June 24, water main breaks occurred in all areas of the city, according to the City of Bay City Water Distribution Department, with multiple pipe failures on Euclid Avenue. City road crews were making temporary repairs where pavement was dug up for the required pipe repairs, and permanent road repairs will be made later.

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Auditor says New Mexico Finance Authority issued fake audit for 2011.
The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA), which makes billions of dollars in loans for public projects, faked its annual audit that was sent to creditors and investors for 2011, the State auditor said July 12. The State Auditor said he discovered the fake audit after the NMFA failed to submit its annual review as required by law. He said a fraudulent audit report had been produced for investors and creditors, but the firm that supposedly created that document confirmed it was not their work. The CEO of the NMFA called the matter “deeply concerning” but insisted it would have no effect on NMFA’s ability to meet its financial obligations. He blamed the authority’s former controller, who left in June, and said the NMFA took steps to rectify the issues as quickly as possible. He said that the NMFA alerted ratings agencies, investors, public officials, and law enforcement authorities.

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