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.
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.
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.
The direction this quest took me was a long ride across many different business models and industries. I found the question I needed to answer was "what environmental factors act on each systems and what components need to be in a central DNA to support each of these environments and actors?"
The smart city concept is driving new integrated approaches to city operations with city leaders globally embracing the smart city concept by heralding innovative projects and laying out a vision for how cities can use technology to meet sustainability goals, boost local economies, and improve services, according to Navigant Research.
"Technology has changed significantly since these meters were installed, and we're looking forward to the expanded capabilities that will create benefits for our customers."
Salt River Project (SRP), has reached a major milestone, completing the last segment of a new 150-mile transmission line that runs from the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant area near Tonopah to the Browning Substation located in east Mesa, Arizona. The Palo Verde-Southeast Valley- Browning (PV-SEV) 500 kV project was finally placed in service after 14 long years.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has been honored with the Southeastern Electric Exchange's (SEE) Excellence Award for two of its infrastructure and power delivery projects, based on innovation, improvements, and technical complexity. FPL admits that the two projects that were recognized were definitely challenging.
Consumers Energy is investing in improving electric reliability for customers with the latest tools and technology in the industry-- from new covers on equipment inside electric substations to keep animals away, to modern communication devices that quickly locate outages. The company reports that it has already seen fewer and shorter outages.
Energy storage is the key technology for unleashing the full potential of microgrids, the smart grid, and renewable energy sources. The energy storage systems industry has a market poised for substantial growth and multi-billion dollar annual sales worldwide within a few years, but that assumption is based on removing some current barriers. The 2013 DOE/EPRI Energy Storage Handbook lays out the three biggest hurdles to broader adoption of energy storage technologies, including high cost, difficulty in deployment, and lack of standards.