By Chris Gorog
In previous articles, we have looked into different network types and outlined security management areas, as well as a few other technical topics. In this article, I will back up a bit and talk about some security issues from the business perspective. I want to address some of you IT professionals out there and explain something you may have not heard before. I am going to talk about something that the utility industry is doing right, something they already know about security which technical IT people may not be familiar with. Utility companies' mindset toward the next generation of security to support the "internet of things" is actually years ahead of current IT practices. Do you wonder how this is possible? Feature
During the course of this series we outlined the basis for security in Critical Infrastructure and IT networks, after which we began to contrast the differences in network types and how they require unique security management and controls. In this article, I will continue to contrast the different network types. Additionally, I'll introduce a model to help with understanding the organization of security across all management areas, which will show how they relate to the various network types. Feature
By Shawkat Ali
Around the world, in developed as well as developing countries, utilities are embracing smart grid technologies to improve the grid's efficiency and incorporate renewable energy resources into the grid. The strategy is both practical and laudable because it will create the means to meet society's future electricity demands in a way that also minimizes carbon emissions and reduces electricity's environmental impacts. The recognition of smart grid's pivotal roles, along with many regional and national policies acknowledging its importance and often mandating its adoption, are inspiring others to move into the new smart grid era. Feature
In this interview, FierceSmartGrid Editor Barbara Vergetis Lundin caught up with Bill Ash to discuss how the consumer impacts the smart grid. Ash talks about the end of first generation smart grid roll outs gets into the consumers' psyche. In addition to his role as strategic technology program director at the IEEE Standards Association, Ash leads the IEEE-SA's smart grid efforts and coordinates the Association's activities internally and externally. Feature
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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By the end of the third quarter of 2013, work related to its smart grid program had resulted in nearly 3,000 full-time equivalent jobs, according to ComEd, including more than 900 direct full-time equivalent jobs at the utility and its contractors and more than 1,900 induced full-time equivalent positions.
The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced the completion of a study of risks and rewards associated with new programmable communicating thermostat technologies and programs at electric cooperatives, municipal and public utilities.
The adoption of smart grid is contributing to the growth of the global smart housing market and the availability of self-help smart home applications, according to Infinity Research.
Over the next decade, smart grid infrastructure investment by 45 emerging market countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will reach $274.9 billion -- outpacing even developed countries.
"There's never a good time to raise prices -- but we are obligated to serve our customers with electricity when and where they need it," said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO.
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Solar electricity will reach cost parity in 10 major regions, accelerating adoption without subsidies, and will even benefit from abundant natural gas. That is according to Lux Research. Unsubsidized utility-scale solar electricity will become cost-competitive with gas by 2025, the research says, and increased gas penetration will actually benefit solar by enabling hybrid gas/solar technologies that can accelerate adoption and increase intermittent renewable penetration without expensive infrastructure improvements.
Solar financing and other non-hardware costs (soft costs) now comprise up to 64 percent of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming an increasingly larger fraction of the cost of installing solar, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).