Articles
Posted By: Corrie Goldman - Communications Director, The Siebel Energy Institute
On: September 5, 2016
Routers and switches in power grid communication networks direct electricity where it’s needed, when it’s needed. By and large, the switches are managed by predetermined, preprogrammed commands. This static IP networking architecture is nearly impossible to reconfigure on the fly, hardly an ideal scenario given how quickly energy moves on the  more...
Posted By: Dick Munson - Director, Midwest Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
On: August 19, 2016
As a utility executive, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. It is the age of innovation, it is the age of stagnant tradition. With a nod to Charles Dickens, it is the epoch of environmental improvement, it is the epoch of continued pollution. Perhaps  more...
Posted By: Wally Wilson - Senior Reliability Consultant, Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.
On: August 8, 2016
Co-author: Craig Bleth, Plant Engineering & Environmental Manger, Minnkota Power Cooperative Minnkota Power’s Milton R. Young Station began commercial operation in 1970 with one generating unit, adding a second generating unit in 1977. In 2012, Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), an industry expert in reliability engineering, was asked to conduct a business assessment of  more...
Posted By: Lee Williams - Senior Vice President, Installed Base Projects, Areva
On: July 20, 2016
“Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” A familiar catchphrase in American culture from the classic “The Wizard of Oz” where Dorothy, the heroine of the story, finds herself in an unfamiliar land---taken from the monotone farm where she lives in Kansas and placed in the vibrant Land  more...
Posted By: Brian Harrell - (Former) Director, Security and Risk Management, Navigant
On: July 4, 2016
Co-author: Ross Johnson Building and maintaining a solid reputation is important for all types of organizations and it is especially important for utilities. A good reputation can inoculate a company from the fallout generated by unfair or inaccurate allegations that would otherwise do great damage.  With cyber and physical security  more...
Posted By: Lissette Santana - Senior Manager-Corporate Relations, PPL Corporation
On: June 20, 2016
PPL Corporation today released its 2015 Sustainability Report, which highlights how the company is meeting the challenges of a changing energy landscape and investing in the future.  The report highlights PPL’s ongoing initiatives designed to continue providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to its 10 million customers in the United States  more...
Posted By: Letha Tawney - Director of Utility Innovation and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy, World Resources Institute
On: May 30, 2016
When Facebook considers building a new data center, a top priority is finding renewable energy to power it. As Bill Weihl, Facebook’s Director of Sustainability, told reporters: “Access to clean energy is one of the key criteria that we consider when looking for new sites for data centers. We want to  more...
Posted By: Randy Wheeless - Spokesman, Duke Energy
On: May 23, 2016
Duke Energy and Duke University  announced a partnership that will lead to cleaner and more efficient power for the university and the surrounding community. Under a proposed 35-year agreement and subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke Energy Carolinas proposes to own, build and operate a 21-megawatt  more...
Posted By: Itsik Mantin - Director of Security Research, Imperva
On: May 13, 2016
A water and electricity authority in the State of Michigan, Lansing’s Board of Water & Light, needed a week to recover from a ransomware attack that hit its enterprise systems.  The successful phishing attack on its corporate systems, which was first noticed on April 25, forced them to keep systems, including  more...
Posted By: Ron Schlecht - Co-founder and managing partner, BTB Security
On: May 2, 2016
Data breaches are all over the news, and the stereotype is that skilled hackers are using sophisticated methods to infiltrate organizations.  But did you know the vast majority of breaches are the result of more simple means, usually taking advantage of easily correctible settings?  I recently had the opportunity to  more...

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