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U.S. Transmission System Needs Overhaul to Meet Renewable Goals

U.S. Transmission System Needs Overhaul to Meet Renewable Goals The current processes in and between regional transmission organizations (RTOs) are impeding the development of low-cost renewable power, according to a review recently released of regional and interregional transmission planning in the Great Plains, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. The analysis from Concentric Energy Advisors, commissioned by the … Continue reading U.S. Transmission System Needs Overhaul to Meet Renewable Goals

NERC: #Pandemic, regional #fuel_shortages threaten winter grid operations in #California, #New_England

NERC: Pandemic, regional fuel shortages threaten winter grid operations in California, New England There is sufficient generating capacity to meet power demand this winter, but NERC sees the potential for fuel-related complications and warned that grid operators must keep worker safety at top of mind given new pandemic-related operating conditions. “Overall, industry takes winter reliability … Continue reading NERC: #Pandemic, regional #fuel_shortages threaten winter grid operations in #California, #New_England

Trump’s grid security executive order will create vendor ‘black list,’ complicate equipment sourcing

Trump’s grid security executive order will create vendor ‘black list,’ complicate equipment sourcing Foreign adversaries are “increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities” in the United States bulk-power system, according to the executive order, with “potentially catastrophic effects.” “This is a well known issue within the electric sector,” Shawn Wallace, vice president of energy at IronNet Cybersecurity, … Continue reading Trump’s grid security executive order will create vendor ‘black list,’ complicate equipment sourcing

Clean Tech Disruption—Transforming The Grid

Clean Tech Disruption—Transforming The Grid We frequently describe clean tech as being transformative or disruptive because it generally saves money, while improving the quality of life with enhanced environmental benefits. By offering cheaper, more efficient solutions, clean tech is also often disruptive and a threat to incumbent industries. A timely and relevant example of such … Continue reading Clean Tech Disruption—Transforming The Grid

Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks

Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks As the national power grid becomes increasingly dependent on computers and data sharing—providing significant benefits for utilities, customers, and communities—it has also become more vulnerable to both physical and cyber threats. While evolving standards with strict enforcement help reduce risks, efforts focused on response and recovery capabilities are … Continue reading Protecting the power grid from cyber attacks

Electric Power Grid Security: It’s Time

Electric Power Grid Security: It’s Time Over the years I’ve had hundreds of thought-provoking conversations with utility CISOs and other industry security professionals. Heck, I was a utility CISO myself at one time, so I know the territory. In these lively discussions—which can transform into good-natured debate—familiar topics are always in order. IT-OT convergence. Infrastructure … Continue reading Electric Power Grid Security: It’s Time

Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress

Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress Blockchain technology could help the energy sector secure the power grid and overcome some of the biggest barriers to widespread use of renewable resources, industry experts told lawmakers. But before that can happen, the government needs to fund more blockchain research and … Continue reading Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress

Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries

Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries Spinning flywheels, underground caves, damming up rivers Say “battery,” and most people think of the device that powers our phones, our laptops, and — maybe if they’re being ambitious — our electric vehicles. But it’s time to think bigger: at their core, batteries are … Continue reading Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year. The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke … Continue reading Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid