NIST center to improve community resilience with emphasis on infrastructure

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create a Community Resilience Center of Excellence. The center will be dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary research aimed at developing tools and standardized methods that will enhance the ability to reduce the impact of disasters and to speed recovery in the aftermath.

Threats to energy IT no different than other industries

After interviewing 1,600 IT information security decision makers in organizations with more than 500 employees, spanning five industries in the U.S. and Europe, ForeScout Technologies, with the independent research conducted by IDG Connect, has found that more than 96 percent of organizations experienced a significant IT security incident in the past year. These results are not dissimilar to those in the energy industry.

Energy storage being driven by transportation, renewables

Energy storage, driven largely by electronics and plug-in vehicles, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020, with dramatic shifts coming from the transportation industry, according to Lux Research.

Are FERC and NERC focusing on the wrong aspects of cyber protection?

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 contained specific provisions requiring cybersecurity protection of electric grid communications networks. But, nine years later, communications between grid control centers and transformer substations are still not protected against cyberattack -- and the nonprofit research group Foundation for Resilient Societies (as well as many in the energy industry) is not happy.

Want to drive your bottom line? Increase brand trust

New research from Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International has identified a link between brand trust and monetary value. Brand trust is critical for strengthening the overall relationships that utilities have with their customers and can generate significant value to a utility's franchise.


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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects using woody material, such as beetle-killed trees, from National Forest System lands.


Business, industry and other organizations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million made available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand, according to U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey, who has unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.