In April 2013, an attack on Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) Metcalf transmission substation near San Jose, Calif. knocked the station out of commission. The attackers cut fiber optic cables and opened fire on the substation. Although the attack wasn't well-publicized in the media, it became a call for utility companies to reassess their security. Those threats are something that the federal government is focused on all the time. Article
The exponential rate at which the Internet of Things and all the different communication outlets are growing has changed the traditional landscape, and is forcing utilities to add resources to keep up with customer needs and demands. In today's world, customers expect utilities to have a presence on social media presence. Further, they expect to be notified via these outlets any time they may be affected by a utility issue -- for example, natural disasters. Article
The world of utilities is changing, and companies are beginning to cater more to their customers by offering them tools to keep their energy costs lower. Article
Although the title of this article is intended to get your attention, it is largely sarcastic. My sarcasm stems from years as a security professional interfacing with people who determined encryption was the answer to all their security. This has become magnified as cloud service offerings are starting to pop up with more regularity. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "the data is encrypted so it is safe," I would be rich. 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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Duane Highley, CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) and vice-chairman of the Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), recently challenged the idea that the U.S. grid is antiquated, and implied that the United States takes reliable electricity for granted. This is according to testimony Highley offered at the first of several public meetings hosted by Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).
Ameren Illinois says it has exceeded its yearly reliability performance goals required by the state's Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) and that its modernization plan is on track.
The research includes technologies to help meet North American Electric Reliability Corporation – Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) requirements for cybersecurity, including interoperability, scalability, through demonstration projects to validate the viability of practice and/or commercialization in the energy industry.
The New York Independent System Operator's (NYISO) Utility Control Center has officially opened. The center is part of a $74 million investment, half of which was funded by U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Technology Initiative. The investment will save approximately $200 million per year in energy costs by improving the quality of the grid and installing new technology to improve energy efficiency.
To enhance service reliability for existing customers and accommodate future electrical load growth in Maryland and West Virginia, Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is rebuilding a major 500 kV transmission line that will replace equipment that is more than 40 years old.
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European renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are benefitting from nearly $1.5 billion raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances, which have been completed by the European Investment Bank's NER 300 program.
Xcel Energy has been named the top wind energy provider in the United States for the tenth year in a row, as a national leader in providing wind energy to its customers. This is according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which also named Xcel Utility of the Year in 2013