Play Station Controls Guide Robot on Concrete Inspection Trips
EPRI has designed a robot for inspecting hard-to-reach concrete surfaces. A robotic inspection system would eliminate the need to use scaffolding or rappelling for routine structural evaluations, eliminating the associated setup challenges, time requirements, costs, and safety hazards.
Harmonics Studies Needed to Assess Vulnerabilities
NERC recently issued reliability standards in response to the potential for geomagnetic disturbances to disrupt operations and possibly damage assets. The power industry appears to have placed undue emphasis on GMD’s threat to transformers. Our studies and those by others have underscored the value to transmission organizations in assessing their vulnerability to harmonics.
We talked with Jim Fama, retiring and on his last day at EEI, about his remarkable career.
Jim Fama, with Steve Mitnick
Jim Fama was the Edison Electric Institute’s vice president for energy delivery since 2002.
We went to Allentown and talked with Bill Spence.
Bill Spence, with Steve Mitnick
What are the most exciting things happening at PPL? What were the biggest challenges in that journey? Were there some tough challenges you had to get through?
Security must be organizational – simply complying will leave you vulnerable.
Chip Scott, Justin Lowe, and Amanda Levin
Workforce Management: Because standards are aimed only at critical assets, cyber security must be holistic – with all employees involved.
Rumors tell of a cyber attack on the power grid.
Electricity in war today is akin to the railroads, dating from the Civil War: a high-value target. Every line of code is a land mine, waiting for hackers to detonate.
How rooftop solar picks off the utility’s largest and most lucrative customers.
Let's make it clear also that affixing solar panels to your roof won't take you off-grid. Indeed it takes you to even greater dependence.
As it relates to cyber security, the existing regulatory paradigm falls short and provides inadequate protection to the electric grid.
Given the dynamic nature of cyber threats, we should ask ourselves whether mandatory reliability standards drafted by NERC and approved by FERC can get past the uncertainty created by cumbersome procedures and regulatory delays to provide an effective means of addressing the cyber security threat to the bulk power system. Let’s examine some of the regulatory gaps and risks presented by our current system of NERC and FERC oversight.
A look at Its new guidelines for secure remote access
Several utility regulatory bodies have initiatives tailored to help secure remote access to the electric power grid from cybercrime. The most notable of these efforts comes from the North American Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC), with the realization of Version 5 of its Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standard, which goes into effect on April 1, 2016.
Taking Resiliency One Step Further
An independent system operator for the distribution network could allow utilities to invest in rooftop solar behind the meter and within territory.