Grid Security

  • 7 suggestions on the physical side

    Grid security isn't all cyber
    Jun 23, 2015 | Clint Hilbert

    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree. An apparent lone rifleman situated in a thicket on a hillside in San Jose, attacked a large electrical power transmission substation by aiming at critical components as if playing an arcade game.  In similar attacks in the same year of 2013, gunmen fired shots into a gas turbine power plant close to the Missouri-Kansas state line and at another substation just near Colorado Springs.

  • Analytics Today and Tomorrow
  • Grid 3.0?
  • Heightening Grid Security- Interview with Richard Clarke
  • Need Better Grid Integration

    Oct 19, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Small utilities may be too skeptical about the cyberthreats they face, according to Gary Stauffer, executive director of NMPP Energy. We talked with Stauffer in a roundtable at a recent gathering of the American Public Power Association.

  • Earley on the Cycles of Business

    Sep 28, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The 21st-century grid will provide utilities with a chance for growth. So says Anthony Earley, chairman, president and CEO of PG&E. He recently discussed a wide range of issues as part of an EnergyBiz roundtable with industry leaders.

  • Fanning on Grid Security

    Sep 07, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Tom Fanning, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, has emerged as an industry leader on grid security, chairing the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council. We recently sat down with Fanning at an industry gathering to discuss the state of grid security.

  • APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity

    Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead. 

  • Closing the Back Door
  • Essent’s Erwin van Laethem

    Jul 27, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    European utilities, with their business models threatened, are reimagining their business, intent on sharpening their customer focus. We recently talked about it with Erwin van Laethem, Essent chief executive officer, at an industry gathering in Berlin.

  • New Approaches to Installing Vital Equipment

    John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy
    Jul 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    CenterPoint Energy recently took part in a heralded study of how to ease transformer deployments to achieve greater grid resilience. We talked to John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy division senior vice president of high voltage delivery and compliance, about the effort and its significance.

  • New Thinking on Deployment, Research

    Jul 13, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    To deal with new and growing threats to the grid, policymakers and thought leaders are suggesting new policies and research efforts. Gerry Cauley, the president of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., recently discussed these efforts.

  • Addressing Threats
  • Lessons Learned
  • Pioneering Backup

    Jim Piro
    Jun 29, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Portland General Electric and its partners are demonstrating new technologies that hold promise for building a more efficient, sustainable and reliable grid.  Jim Piro, PGE’s chief executive officer, recently discussed the effort.

  • Building on Efficiency

    Jun 01, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The smart utility of the future will see itself as the customer’s ally in the pursuit of energy efficiency, says Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president and CEO. Izzo addressed these issues as the recent EnergyBiz Securing Power Forum. His edited comments follow.

  • Business & Government Must Unite
  • 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?