Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Many utilities are focused on cyber risks, and they end up with very different risk-assessment results.
    Cyber Risk
    Mar 18, 2014 | Andrew Ginter

    At a large utility earlier this month, for example, an executive said, "We don't have a security problem: we have a compliance problem." Utilities like this put lawyers in charge of their NERC-CIP security programs, not security experts. At a different utility, another executive said, "We know there will be a 'first big cyber incident' in this industry. We are determined not to be that first victim." This second utility is deploying both strong cyber security and strong physical security systems. Why are there such discrepancies?

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  • Dec 19, 2013 | Howard Scott - PH. D.

    Microgrids may be a dagger aimed at the heart of utilities and their large, centralized power grids. If consumers, business and industry abandon the main grid in favor of microgrids, it will threaten the utility compact and also have serious societal and national security implications.

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  • Dec 18, 2013 | Darrell Delamaide

    Before there was the grid, there was the microgrid. Electrification in the United States often proceeded from a diesel generator and local distribution in an isolated town to the development of the big utilities and complex grid of generation, transmission and distribution of the 21st century.

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  • Dec 17, 2013 | Gary Stern

    If you want to take the fastest route to become chief executive of a major energy company or utility, serve as chief financial officer. As just a few examples, Lynn Good, Duke Energy's CFO from 2009 through 2013, took over the reins from former CEO Jim Rogers on July 1.

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  • Dec 16, 2013 | Dian Grueneich

    States will see more changes in their electricity systems over the next 15 years than they have in the past half century. And leading states, such as California, are embarking on an unprecedented effort to rapidly and fundamentally change their electricity supply and delivery systems.

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  • Dec 15, 2013 | Frank Koditek

    Frank Koditek with Belden, Inc., reveals how the right cable can help with performance and mitigate cost issues. The wrong cable, however, can cause critical failures and cost massive amounts of money. He offers a quick guide to help you choose.

  • Dec 12, 2013 | Brett J. L. Landry

    The cybersecurity landscape today is littered with threats: botnets, insiders, worms, covert channels, ransomware, SQL injection, social engineering, spoofing, phishing, BYOD, DDOS, hacking, APT, cyber terrorism, and so many other threats that they cannot all be listed here. The reality is that there are many different cyber attack vectors that affect every organization each day.

  • Dec 11, 2013 | John R. Johnson

    When Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast last October, the storm left billions worth of damages in its wake. Sandy's 14-foot storm surge devastated parts of New Jersey and New York, leaving millions in the dark and a re-building process that continues today.

  • Dec 10, 2013 | Chris Parratt

    ERM Power is the fourth largest seller of electricity in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). We are a diversified energy company, and we aspire to be the preferred supplier of energy to business customers across Australia. Our strategy is simple: provide value-add products and industry-leading customer service.

  • Dec 09, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For those not well versed in European geography, Slovenia (or Slovenija) is nestled in south central Europe, hemmed in by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. Part of the European Union (EU), the country has a population just a shade above 2 million.