Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • 8 pieces of awesome advice from our women-in-energy series
    Jan 15, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For the past couple of years, we've been interviewing women across the power industry from Reliant's chief marketing officer to EPRI's cybersecurity expert to NV Energy's lineman. Each had interesting insights into the industry and into how women fit in this industry---even advice on how women can conquer this industry. So, we decided our gift to our readers would be to gather all the best advice from this series and put them all here in one handy spot.

  • Transactive energy: not ready for peak load
    Jan 13, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Over the last decade and a half, federal and state demands for a more reliable and economically responsive electrical grid have grown immensely. Possible solutions to this demand include transactive energy (TE), the combination of economic and control techniques intended to improve grid reliability and efficiency. TE is supposed to take the concept of distributed energy resources (DER) to the next level. If all goes according to plan, it could supplant the current power transmission model by the year 2020.

  • Frontier of Energy Storage: The Holy Grail
    Jan 08, 2015 | Troy De Vries

    When Thomas Edison flipped the switch to his first dynamo in the 19th century, the genius-wizard launched a multitrillion-dollar industry. Making and delivering electricity leaped from infancy to cocky adolescence with speed unseen in new ventures.

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