Insights from our Editorial Team

  • EPRI expert offers guidance on issues, how to proceed
    Jun 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Today we're delving into the Stuxnet virus as proof that control systems are vulnerable, the differences in securing IT systems and control systems and the shift in mindset that needs to accompany the shift from an analog, electro-mechanical world to a digital, ICT-based world.

  • EPRI expert offers guidance on issues, how to proceed
    Jun 17, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In the first installment of a three-part series, Annabelle Lee, a technical executive with the Electric Power Research Institute, demystifies effective approaches to cyber security. Lee formerly worked for the National Insitute of Standards and Technology, where she led the process that created NISTIR 7628, "Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security." In this column, Lee addresses how to approach the topic and achieve effective security. If you own, operate or serve an electric utility, you need to read this series.

  • The smart grid and other developments mean a major change for distribution operators
    Jun 16, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    New developments such as utility smart grid investments, the advent of electric vehicles, more distributed generation, the aging of utility infrastructures, more demand response and higher capacity of intermittent generation on the grid means a major change in the way distribution operators manage the system.

  • Voltage conservation, smart meters and EMF, industrial customer demands
    Jun 16, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Three issues drew our readers' passionate responses this past week: How much of the grid's cost should industrial customers pay? Will health concerns over cell phones give smart meter opponents more ammunition? And is a utility using voltage conservation risking brown-outs and damage to end-user equipment? Plus the Quote of the Day. Read on!

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  • NERC CIP forms foundation, but more needed
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Jun 15, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Cyber security discussions ongoing in the United States Congress would benefit from the clear identification of issues in Monday's release of a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kate Rowland spoke to a co-author of the report.

  • Political and financial realities likely to intrude on Obama policies
    Jun 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The White House on Monday released a policy framework it said would advance the nation's power grid and build on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the smart grid grants made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Our columnist makes three points about the environment in which the report lands.

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  • Military 'gets it,' has the will and dollars to implement
    Jun 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The U.S. military is moving ahead with many smart grid-related innovations because lives and national security are at stake. Multiple sources say that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is ideally situated to provide the test bed for commercialization of new technologies. So why do those claiming to support our military call for abolishing the National Renewable Energy Lab, which partners closely with the DoD?

  • Consumer advocate takes opposite tack at KEMA conference
    Jun 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Building consensus among utility stakeholders sounds great on paper, but a recent panel with a commercial/industrial proponent, a consumer advocate and a state legislator charged with balancing those and other interests reflected the distance between competing interests. For a sense of the great divide among stakeholders, read this column.

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  • Digital age ushers in rising expectations, say panelists
    Jun 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    What drives the so-called "prosumer"? And what will motivate commercial building owners' to invest in energy efficiency? They may be related motivations, according to a panel this week at a KEMA conference in Denver.

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  • Expects to spend $2,500 per customer
    Jun 09, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    Earlier this week San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed its Smart Grid Deployment Plan (2011-2020) with the California Public Utilities Commission.  This article focuses on the projected costs of the company's smart grid investments, an issue every utility must address.