Insights from our Editorial Team

  • What every utility should know about the new physical security standard
    Feb 19, 2015 | William E. Reiter

    On April 16, 2013, an incident in San Jose, California, led to development of a new physical security standard for owners and operators of transmission stations and substations.

  • C-suite Insider
    A chat with Joe Thomas, United Illuminating
    Feb 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Joe Thomas, vice president of electric systems operations for United Illuminating, who gave us a sneak peek into UI's planning for a "culture of one." But, we'll let him tell his own story.

  • How Utility Leaders Hang Themselves
    Feb 12, 2015 | Doug Sterbenz

    Leaders do what's uncomfortable for the greater good of the organization and the leaders at utility companies are no different.

  • The Challenges of Securing a Connected Critical Infrastructure
    Feb 10, 2015 | Michael Assante

    As the world continues its transition into a digital landscape, we are cautioned by the proliferation of cyber incidents capturing headlines. Today's cyber attacks are causing more damage and are increasingly being referred to as highly sophisticated and able to circumvent well-resourced cybersecurity programs.

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  • Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?
    Feb 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn't it? Well, yes and no.

  • Cybersecurity and the Electric Grid
    Feb 03, 2015 | Marvin T. Griff

    A computer storing operating cost data for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., power network extending from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast was compromised this summer. Within the past two years, sophisticated cyber-attacks, whose colorful names "Dragonfly" and "Energetic Bear" belie their disruptive capability, gained access to U.S. and European power networks. These and other recent cyber intrusions highlight the persistent risk confronting the U.S. electricity grid.

  • Utility2Utility
    Direct Energy Business
    Jan 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Usually for this series, we talk directly with traditional electric utilities. But, creeping farther and farther into the utility space, is a new form of utility---the retail one. Founded in Canada in 1986, Direct Energy is the largest energy retailer in North America. Unlike traditional utilities, retailers like Direct Energy can slice and dice both geography and customer segments.

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  • Utilities: the future's distribution system platform
    Jan 27, 2015 | Sergej Mahnovski

    The New York State Public Service Commission (NYS PSC) took the bold step of launching the "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) proceeding in April 2014. They mapped an ambitious vision of the future for the state's electricity system, giving more than 200 stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a collaborative process charting the "rules of the road" for the path forward.

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  • NERC CIP-014-1 Physical Security Standard
    Utilities Look to Get Started with NERC CIP-014-1 Physical Security Standard
    Jan 22, 2015 | Rick Shumard

    The critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standard for physical security measures (CIP-014-1) from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and will become effective on Jan. 26, 2015. FERC approved the standard on Nov. 20, nearly nine months after it directed NERC to file the measures.

  • The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Breaking Wind: The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Jan 20, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach

    Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst the general population?

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