The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) currently has two major initiatives under way in the reliability standards and enforcement areas to which electric industry participants should pay particular attention. Article
In the last few articles we discussed the industry and organizations which make up the security eco-system for critical infrastructure. This broader look at industry organization and touch points is something we will focus on in this article but will also go a little in depth to look at the components of the DNA which make up the security center of each critical infrastructure device. At the heart of linking these two together is a management area which I defined in one of my earliest articles that focuses on the management of secrets Article
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and cybersecurity industry experts met this week to enter the home stretch toward a vexing issue -- defining identity and access management (IAM) controls over electric power plant resources that minimize information security risks while unleashing a new era of "smart grid"-based services. "smart grid"-based services. Article
Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins? Last week, the UK announced winter power supply margins had fallen to just over 4 percent from an estimated 5-10 percent in June, following a string of unplanned outages. Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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Con Edison is in the middle of its four-year $1 billion storm hardening program in the wake of 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Some of the investments already have paid dividends, including the installation of 3,000 devices that isolate and clear temporary faults on overhead electric systems.
Megatrends such as connected living, big data, smart cities and wearable computing will drive the future of the communications test equipment market, according to Frost & Sullivan, as software technologies and connectivity become more pervasive and a digitalized world becomes inevitable and the complexity of smart devices, networks and applications create the need for customized testing and monitoring solutions.
Southern California is driving the state's clean transportation sector and new microgrid and biorenewable technology, and making them world class, according to research from the nonpartisan nonprofit group Next 10, thanks to unique local assets in the Los Angeles area and San Diego region that are being leveraged to drive innovation, investment, and growth in the clean economy.
The 42 plug-in electric vehicle (EV) fleet at Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and Missile Systems Center, is part of a year-long small-scale proof-of-concept demonstration and test project as part of the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) broader focus on energy security, energy supply assurance, energy resiliency and energy demand reduction.
Utilities in the United States have run residential direct load control (DLC) programs as forms of demand management for many years, but the development of smart grid technology -- particularly advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart, two-way communicating thermostats -- is enabling utilities globally to offer residential demand response programs.
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is calling on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to release all records of communications between Commissioner Ellen Nowak and Wisconsin Energy (WE)-- including the full audio transcript of a June 2014 panel at the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) annual conference in Las Vegas-- and has announced plans to sue the PSC to overturn its We Energies rate case ruling this month.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) have signed an agreement to purchase a North Dakota wind farm to be developed by ACE. The North Dakota wind project will be comprised of 43 turbines capable of producing 107.5 megawatts of electricity.