Risk Management

  • The recent push to modernize the electric grid has increased communication between utilities and consumers, enhanced reliability and created more opportunities for green energy producers.
  • Wouldn't preventive measures be cheaper than addressing damage?

    Nov 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    New York has appealed for federal aid to the tune of $42 billion, with $9 billion allocated for preventive measures. Does that include any utility-related monies? Or will the state's utilities line up with their own rate cases to cover repairs and preventive measures? And what would those preventive measures be? 

  • A call for resiliency and evidence-based investment

    Nov 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Hurricane Sandy should call for evidence-based investments in hardening and resiliency, particularly where that dovetails with cyber and physical security. The performance of smart grid investments must be weighed against resources for traditional steps for hardening and resilience, including vegetation management. What works should be applied where it fits.   

  • DistTrack malware presents a new wrinkle

    Aug 23, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    A new and vicious malware, dubbed DistTrack, seemingly aimed at the energy sector, started raising red flags late last week. Here's what the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization's (NESCOs) Tactical Analysis Team has to say about it.

  • O&R Utilities takes model-centric approach to reliability, efficiency
  • EUROPEAN UNION ISLANDS
  • The hows and whys of securing AMI

    securing AMI
    May 31, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    I listened in on a deep-in-the-trenches discussion yesterday about the benefits of a multi-layered security architecture when it comes to deploying AMI. Read on, and you can, too.

  • Implementation: weak link in cyber security?

    Feb 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Chasing mandates on security compliance may be driven by aversion to fines. But that approach can lead to faulty security measures and, more importantly, impair your security stance. Listen in on a discussion of "how to think about security."

  • Retailers push meters to expand product options
  • Study calls for industry-funded R&D

    Jan 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Public-private partnerships in research and development could meet many needs for innovation that could promote American energy and economic security. The issue will be debated in an election year. One study suggests a path. 

  • First micro-turbines, then renewables growth

    Jan 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Microturbines running on natural gas will have a multi-year run as the leading source of distributed generation, with many benefits to the grid, including reliability and managing black starts.

  • Ventyx, an ABB company, today announced availability of EV Transmission, a new analytical tool that provides mission-critical data to helps traders and analysts more quickly analyze and understand the role that transmission plays in North American power markets.
  • Utilities seek business value from data streams

    Dec 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Utilities have an opportunity for data analytics on a scale not known in the industry's history, based on new data streams and the means to analyze them for business value. Tomorrow, a webcast will explore a new report on the topic and talk with a practitioner in the field.

  • Recent case underscores issues of timely reporting, instant analysis

    Nov 28, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A purported cyber security attack on the SCADA system of a Midwestern water utility raises issues pertinent to the power industry. So, will that example provide lessons for those running electric utilities?

  • Drivers include economies of scale, 'future-proofing'

    Nov 23, 2011 | Phil Carson

    An Intelligent Utility webcast this Thursday will delve into lessons big and small around interoperability and standards. Join three panelists who've been intimately involved at their utility and in national efforts. Read this column for a preview of the event.

  • Knowledge2011 fuels perception of industry evolution

    Nov 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The up and coming executives in the power industry have a bead on the challenges and the solutions, as reflected by participants in this week's Knowledge2011 conference. It's not your father's utility anymore.

  • Utility peers discuss security, data, customers and leadership

    Nov 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Gotta dash. One hundred of the nation's leading CIOs and customer service and operations executives are gathered here on Amelia Island, Florida for two days to share insights. I can't get this kind of access anywhere else. So here are a few postcards from the sessions I attended today. 

  • Future-proofing, costs drive effort, in-house and out

    Nov 06, 2011 | Phil Carson

    DTE Energy is actively pursuing standards and interoperability, not just for its own systems but for the power industry. In-house, the goal is to avoid stranded assets and to future-proof DTE's investments. In the big picture, the goal is to spur innovation and create economies of scale.

  • Cyber security 'knowns' come before 'unknowns'

    Oct 19, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Pop quiz: What is the real relevance of the newly discovered 'Duqu' cyber program to the power industry? Hint: Read the headline and column and review well-established vulnerabilities and steps to address them.

  • It's all about balance on the "island"

    Oct 16, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The intelligent utility supports microgrids within its service territory because the relationship is mutually supportive. Now, an improvement in solar forecasting for microgrids better enables them to balance supply and load when islanded.