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No phones. No internet. No A/C. How prepared are we for a major power grid attack?

No phones. No internet. No A/C. How prepared are we for a major power grid attack? Imagine the life we know gone dark. For weeks, maybe months. Dark as in loss of power. No cell phones, ATMs, traffic lights, heating or cooling. About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid — a … Continue reading No phones. No internet. No A/C. How prepared are we for a major power grid attack?

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action With irrefutable proof in hand that hackers have penetrated the U.S. electricity supply system, and the tragic situation in Puerto Rico reminding us that life without electricity is harsh — not only no lights, but no banks, ATMs, internet or communications, limited food and water supplies, … Continue reading Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

In #Illinois, blockchain startups seek to work with utilities on grid software

In Illinois, blockchain startups seek to work with utilities on grid software Blockchain startups say utilities and regulators in Illinois have been more open to working with them than in other states. Revolutionary rhetoric around blockchain’s potential to make traditional utilities obsolete has fostered tense relationships in the energy world. Startup companies boasting about wanting … Continue reading In #Illinois, blockchain startups seek to work with utilities on grid software

This is a first: Due to solar panels, #New_England used more grid power at night than midday

This is a first: Due to solar panels, New England used more grid power at night than midday This might be a one-time event, but it’s still an indication of how things are changing in the power system. ISO-New England says that on April 21, mild weather and high solar output depressed daytime loads below … Continue reading This is a first: Due to solar panels, #New_England used more grid power at night than midday

After Alert On #Russian_Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid

After Alert On Russian Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid The joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last month warning that Russia was hacking into critical U.S. energy infrastructure may have shaken some Americans. But it came as no surprise to the country’s largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection. “You will … Continue reading After Alert On #Russian_Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid

After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

After alert on Russian hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid The joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last month warning that Russia was hacking into critical U.S. energy infrastructure came as no surprise to the nation’s largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection. “You will never stop people from trying … Continue reading After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

Biggest U.S. Electric Grid Has Plan to Keep Power Plants Afloat

Biggest U.S. Electric Grid Has Plan to Keep Power Plants Afloat PJM proposes two-stage auction to keep prices competitive Asks federal regulator to make a decision by June 29 The largest U.S. electricity market is asking federal regulators for help in keeping useful power plants from an early retirement. Beset by complaints from producers that … Continue reading Biggest U.S. Electric Grid Has Plan to Keep Power Plants Afloat

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances As foreign hackers continue to probe the U.S. grid for weaknesses, a cyber exercise for the North American energy sector has shown that many utility personnel still lack access to the classified information needed to stay on top of the threat. Not enough utility … Continue reading Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances

#Duke_Energy to invest $36bn on grid modernization and renewables expansion

Duke Energy to invest $36bn on grid modernization and renewables expansion Duke Energy has revealed that it has allocated investments of $25bn on grid modernization and $11bn for expanding renewable and natural gas-fired power generation over 2017 to 2026. The company said that it will use the investment to create a smarter, more resilient grid … Continue reading #Duke_Energy to invest $36bn on grid modernization and renewables expansion