Intelligent Utility Magazine Fall 2015
In This Issue
  • We asked: How has big data changed your utility?
    American Electric PowerBig data's impact on our utility has been subtle to this point, and solutions are not fully operationalized or scaled to the enterprise level yet. However, a key change we have seen at AEP is that big data, primarily associated with automated metering deployments, has provided value via analytics in several areas that previously were not possible. These areas include...
  • Mobility in motion: ComEd talks apps
    When we talk mobile on the utility front, we're not talking about getting you from point A to point B -- at least not literally. We are talking about you getting there digitally, to an extent -- namely, can you be sitting at point A and pay a bill for your house at point B or understand what's happening at a substation at point C (if you're a field worker) or even just browse what's going on...
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  • The co-op perspective on mobility
    We sit down with Sean J. Vanslyke, CEO, SEMO Electric Cooperative, which has been serving southeast Missouri since 1938. The utility is one of 50 distribution co-ops that make up the Associated Electric Cooperative family. (More info on the co-op can be found online at gosemo.com.)From your perspective, what's the biggest thing in mobile for utilities?Vanslyke: First, one has to define mobile or...
  • Planning a smarter grid from the consumer perspective
    "The keyword is resilience," said Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing Distinguished Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Energy Systems Innovation (ESI) Center at Washington State University.I had asked him about the most important research he's conducting under the umbrella of the grid."Resilient distribution systems is what's on my mind these days," he...
  • The evolution of utility analytics from UAI
    Sometimes it's good to look back at where we've been, take stock of the present and how things have changed and hopefully improved and consider future possibilities. Analytics in the utility industry have come a long way since conversations first began about the formation of the Utility Analytics Institute (UAI) in late 2011. At that time, the industry was grappling with rapidly increasing...
  • Predicting the future of utility analytics
     The term smart grid has been around for some time now, although the meaning has shifted over the years. In its earliest usage, it was applied to systems that made use of data to perform power quality studies and post event analysis. More recently, the term has come to mean using data to implement a self-healing grid. Self-healing is another term that has multiple definitions from standard...
  • Are you fashionably late to the data party?
     I really hate cocktail parties. They may totally be up your alley -- the mixing, the mingling, the socializing, the learning -- but I'm the grouchypants in the corner with my drink, walling myself off mentally and wanting to go home.Now let's talk data and cocktail parties. So, in this colorful metaphor that we're going to extend for educational purposes, my grouchy, anti-social self is...
  • Defending SCADA systems, especially against the growing cyber threat
    Cyber threats against the electric grid are escalating dramatically. According to a new report by Dell Security, cyber attacks on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems doubled last year -- and they’ve increased 600 percent since 2012. As alarming as those statistics are, another key finding is even more troubling -- physically disruptive attacks are becoming increasingly...
  • Herding techies & clearing tech hurdles: a profile of WAPA’s Dawn Lindell
     Dawn Roth Lindell became chief information officer (CIO) of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in 2013. In case you're not "in the know," WAPA is a federal power marketing agency. It sells federal hydropower and transmission to electric utilities in 15 states, along with maintaining and operating more than 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. And Lindell is there to...
  • Who controls meter data?
    The European Commission believes the situation of energy rules being set in Brussels but having 28 national regulatory frameworks is no longer tenable. In February, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the Energy Union, a flagship project to integrate member states' markets and increase security of supply.Juncker's vision is of an integrated, continent-wide energy...