Insights from our Editorial Team
A utility's use of data reflects its vision for value creation
While utility data can (and should) be applied to a specific case, such as revenue protection or asset management, its value to all aspects of a utility's operation and business means that its use can also enable collaboration between former silos.
Lack of cyber attack proves nothing
Federal authorities are capable of overreach and redundant demands, but the lack of a major cyber disruption of the U.S. grid cannot be taken as a reflection that the power sector has done its work well. More angles on an issue that will never go away, post-9/11.
What's the logic behind a potential cyber attack?
Two utility executives walk into a bar, order drinks and badger each other over the logic behind the cyber security threat. Who are these people? What is their intent? How would attacking the grid advance their interests?
As meter data management systems and other parts of the electricity infrastructure pull in more information on customers, devices, weather, outages and interactions, the question remains: What do you do with all this data. One major trend on the utility horizon in 2012 has been the use of analytics to understand patterns and estimate issues.
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Panetta warns nation, stumps for legislation
The Secretary of Defense cites specific, recent cyber attacks on major financial institutions and increased capabilities of our enemies. A law calling for voluntary sharing and adoption of best practices can't pass Congress. The President has an executive order in his hand. What is the thinking here?
Audience weighs in on meters and the data they generate
Readers react to the news that opt-out numbers across the country are pretty low and eroding. They also weigh in on the value (or lack thereof) of meter data, even when combined with other behavioral patterns.
Longtime CEO identifies pressures affecting modernization
Could utility commissions at the municipal level help insulate muni utilities from local politics? Do "joint action agencies" provide the needed clout and financing to assist munis buffetted by pressures on their business model? A long-time executive offers insights.
Long-time CEO identifies pressures affecting modernization
Everyone knows that "the circumstances" for the power sector have changed over the past century, but what about the business model(s)? Today, a longtime utility manager with experience in all utility business models, calls into question the public power business model in particular.
Industry concerns about `voluntary' measures
Congress won't pass the administration's Cyber Security Act of 2012, so an executive order is getting run up the flagpole. Is it a bargaining tactic or a last resort? One contributor makes the case that more is less.
Possible executive order raises industry concerns
This past summer, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed due to a Senate filibuster inspired by industry lobbying. The Obama Administration has publicly raised the possibility of an executive order that merely asks industry, including the power sector, to develop best practices in coordination with the federal government, for voluntary participation.