Evaluating the cost effectiveness of grid-hardening investments.
Philip Mihlmester and Kiran Kumaraswamy
As with any investment, resiliency upgrades can reach a point of diminishing returns. Analyzing the costs and benefits can help guide upgrade strategies.
New tools for enhancing utility preparedness and response.
Michael Beck, Seth Guikema, Ken Buckstaff, and Steven Quiring
Sandy and other major storms have raised the bar for outage management. New modeling systems help utilities predict effects and plan their response.
Scott Cisel and Bill Ernzen
Superstorm Sandy showed that when it comes to manpower, resources to execute normal operations are becoming scarcer. A new strategy is required to coordinate disaster response and recovery.
Today’s talent deficiency is tomorrow’s imperative.
Susan W. Christensen, Sandra L. Jones, and Brian Payne
The utility talent gap is widening. New technologies and evolving markets call for a more proactive approach to building the future workforce.
An approach to complying with NERC’s new cybersecurity standard, CIP-007 (R2).
NERC’s new standards require utilities to lock down network ports and services. Compliance calls for a systematic approach to cataloging and tracking.
Portable small-scale generators could keep vital services on line during a major power outage.
William Zarakas, Frank Graves, and Sanem Sergici
High-voltage generation reserves cost more than would portable, small-scale units to keep critical services on line during a major power outage.
New England turns to fuel oil for the coming winter.
Burning oil when gas supplies are tight increases costs for customers. Is it also discriminatory?
Analytics chart a path for industry transformation.
“Without integrating operational data with traditional IT data, I don’t think the industry would be any further along than it was five or 10 years ago.”
~Steve Ehrlich, Space Time Insight
Advanced distribution management technology promises to revolutionize operations.
Building blocks of the self-healing grid are taking shape. End-to-end integration will enable the grid to achieve 21st-century resilience.
Making the case for collaboration on interoperability standards
The mission of harmonizing industry standards moves forward in the work of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel 2.0, Inc.