Four Forces Shaping U.S. Utilities in 2023

Credit to Author: Contributed Content| Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2022 13:43:48 +0000

In 2023, U.S. utilities have a multipronged ambition to realize: how to provide customers with reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy, and safe water. However, increased pressure around decarbonization and the adoption of cleaner energy sources, electrification, and related infrastructure needs, and customer-driven disruption will make this energy trilemma even more difficult to balance. Management at […]

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Stronger Cybersecurity Key to Utility Infrastructure

Credit to Author: Robert Nawy| Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2022 12:23:18 +0000

Cybersecurity risks can occur daily, taking multiple forms. While there are personal measures that the general population can do to eliminate some of these risks, power utility companies must take a more aggressive approach to keep the communities they serve safe and their security unquestioned. COMMENTARY Should a power utility company face a cyberattack, it […]

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Inflation Reduction Act: Increased Electrification and Resulting Utility Implications

Credit to Author: Contributed Content| Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2022 12:50:20 +0000

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While the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides steps in the right direction by expanding renewable energy development and electrification incentives, it may also lead to a worsening duck curve and a larger proportion of variable power sources in the generation mix—putting significant pressure on utilities’ ability to maintain reliability. U.S. utilities need to be proactive […]

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Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2022 01:45:19 +0000

Leadership from the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office met with cybersecurity researchers at NREL in July 2022. Saleem (center), along with Jordan Peterson, Ryan Cryar, and William Hupp, helped bring together diverse energy sector stakeholders to evaluate research priorities for improving cybersecurity of distributed generation on the grid. In July 2022, Danish Saleem paced an […]

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Zero Trust: Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Responding to CISA’s ‘Shields Up’

Credit to Author: Petko Stoyanov| Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2022 15:59:56 +0000

There are no boundaries in cyberspace. That fact has accelerated sharing of threat intelligence across the defenders, but it exponentially raises the threat of cyberattacks. This reality is underscored by the war in Ukraine, “the first major conflict involving large-scale cyber operations,” according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). A major concern is […]

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Digitalisation and Cyber Resilience: Why the Energy and Utilities Sector Is a Top Target for Cybercrime

Credit to Author: Fabien Rech| Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2022 14:30:14 +0000

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The energy and utilities sector is not just the lifeblood of the world’s economy, but fundamental to society’s existence as a whole. Yet, recent events have highlighted just how volatile and unpredictable it can be. Output is influenced by everything from weather patterns to war, and no business, consumer, or household is immune from the […]

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Security of Cyber-Physical Systems

Credit to Author: P.R. Kumar| Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2022 14:10:18 +0000

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“Cyber-physical systems” are the next generation of closely integrated physical and cyber systems. Several critical systems such as the power grid, autonomous transportation systems, and process control systems are examples of cyber-physical systems. They are liable to be attacked by malicious agents who can compromise the sensor measurements being used to control them. Indeed, there […]

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NERC Warns of Mounting Reliability Risks, Urges Preparation for Challenging Summer

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 20:10:17 +0000

An unprecedented array of risks—ranging from capacity shortfalls, extreme weather, extended drought, supply chain issues, cybersecurity, solar PV tripping, fuel constraints, to wildfires—could imperil the reliability of nearly every North American bulk power system (BPS) region west of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) this summer, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warns in […]

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Quantum Technology: Applications in Cybersecurity for Power Utilities

Credit to Author: Rouven Floeter| Date: Thu, 12 May 2022 11:37:22 +0000

With the advent and implementation of smart grid infrastructure across power utilities, there has been a paradigm shift in the efficiencies of the grid. The use of digital communication technology has led to high-speed communication enablement across various components as well as better data analysis and real-time control. This has proven to be advantageous not […]

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Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Mobilize Behind Charging Cybersecurity at NREL

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Mon, 02 May 2022 11:56:05 +0000

Members of the electric vehicle (EV) industry gathered at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in early April to evaluate enhanced cybersecurity for the connections between electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. By Connor O’Neil, NREL  As more EVs enter the market and connect to the electrical system, potentially exposing cyber vulnerabilities, vehicle security is drawing […]

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