Regulatory & Legal

  • Unless policymakers take action soon, a series of additional early nuclear power plant retirements could threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and hinder the country's ability to meet its carbon reduction goals, Exelon Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer William A. Von Hoene, Jr. told members of the United States Energy Association (USEA) today.
  • Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman is asking lawmakers to oppose a plan that would revise the state's "green" energy standards.
  • Apr 06, 2014 | Erich Gunther

    Erich Gunther writes here as a board member for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), discussing how the panel fits into the overall standards ecosystem.

  • Mar 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on how the U.S. “could suffer a coast-to-cost blackout” given the right substation attacks prompts both NERC and FERC to label the story as "crossing the line" and "concerning."

  • A primer, analytics and how it works in the NE
  • Mar 27, 2013 | Prudence Parks

    Prudence Parks, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the Utilities Telecom Council, discusses EO 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive 21 and what those mean for you. For a companion piece to this article, read "How do utilities prepare for the cybersecurity executive order?" by clicking here.

  • ABB, the power and automation technology group, was named by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international organization dedicated to best practices in business ethics, to its 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Readers positive, with conditions

    Jan 13, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Readers provide a swath of ideas on how public/private investments in infrastructure renewal should and shouldn't work and whether it enables U.S. competitiveness in a global competition marked by aggressive government roles by our rivals. 

  • We can't escape the connections, but we can act

    Jan 09, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The power sector needs leaders to articulate the critical nature of infrastructure investment, stripped of the "smart grid" hype. Turn off the TV if you want to understand that our economic future and lifestyle is at risk if we don't ante up.

  • More systems integration talk, for `next time'

    Dec 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Americans love to point fingers, demand something for nothing and pretend they still live in the greatest nation on Earth. Alas, Hurricane Sandy's impact on Eastern utilities appears to establish a vast gap between expectations and willingness to adapt or pay. Recent coverage of the situation underscores why.

  • + WH talks CS of the future
  • Brazil’s meter regulations indicate smart grid market potential
  • Association's focus remains awareness, education

    Nov 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Terry Jarrett, utility regulator in Missouri, also chairs the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which plays a key role in cyber security education for regulators and their regulated utilities. Jarrett says that keeping cyber security on state regulators' minds remains a challenge. 

  • Energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability was hired by Netbeheer Nederland - the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands - to study smart grid demonstration projects around the world, with a focus on technical, policy, regulatory and social aspects.
  • Association's focus remains awareness, education

    Nov 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In an extensive Q&A, Terry Jarrett, who chairs the critical infrastructure committee at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, says that knowledge and training are the primary resources needed by state regulators.  

  • NESCO: empower states, aggregate incident data, help frontline

    Oct 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A cyber security practitioner advocates state-level control of cyber security requirements for the distribution system, rather than a top-down federal role. Utilities should demonstrate proficiency in prevention, detection and response and the feds should stay out of it. 

  • NESCO: empower states, aggregate incident data, help frontline

    Oct 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Patrick Miller, president/CEO of EnergySec and principal investigator for its offshoot, the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity (NESCO), a public-private partnership operated by EnergySec with funding from the Department of Energy shares his views on cyber security.

  • ICC approach on cost recovery is slowing projects

    Oct 29, 2012 | David O'Brien

    A former regulator, now consulting with Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, expresses concern that Ilinois regulators are applying an inappropriate cost recovery mechanism to interest on billions of dollars in capital invested for grid modernization. 

  • Nimbleness helped address customer concerns

    Oct 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Central Maine Power had a plan: install AMI and develop customer benefits in consultation with them, while creating the basis to move forward with distribution automation and power quality monitoring. The utility ran into meter opposition that caused it to modify its messaging and communication plan. And it completed its rollout, with an opt-out option, third-party plaudits and time to look ahead again.