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Security, Reliability & CIP

Response to Two Articles Re: Grid Resilience

A general response to the articles by Michael Deggendorf and by Paul Afonso, Lauren Azar, Dian Grueneich, James Hoecker in our August 2016 issue

Leonard Hyman

Two articles in the August 2016 issue made the irrefutable case that we need to shore up grid resilience. I can’t argue with those measures. But I’m not sure that they are getting to the root of the problem. Perhaps we need to spend more time asking whether small decentralized systems can accomplish the same end as the large systems.

Averting Disaster on the Grid

Strategy to Mitigate Risks of Catastrophic Events

Harjeet Johal, Kenneth Collison, Elliot Roseman, Dan Rogier

Grid Assurance is a coalition of six major U.S. utilities dedicated to providing a cost-effective solution to address the increasing threats to the security of power supplies. Grid Assurance and its consultants created a first-of-a-kind framework to help reduce restoration times following a severe attack from months to weeks or days.

The Mobiles are FAST

Including mobile substations in Strategic Transformer Reserve Program

Joseph Donovan

Both spare large power transformers, and emergency mobile substations, have critical roles in the U.S. Department of Energy's Strategic Transformer Reserve Program, STRP. An emergency mobile substation can literally roll onto the site on the bed of a truck, run connecting wires to the power lines, and bypass all of the damaged substation equipment, allowing electricity to flow again within hours.

Preparing for the Inevitable

New Approach to Recovery from Catastrophic Losses of Grid Facilities

Paul Afonso, Lauren Azar, Dian Grueneich and James Hoecker

How to adequately prepare for recovery from catastrophic losses: Doing nothing may minimize cost in the short run, but it leaves electricity customers exposed to the risk of extended outages. At the other extreme, having each utility purchase its own dedicated inventory of critical equipment would be duplicative and prohibitively expensive for utility customers. A shared inventory model offers a sensible middle-ground approach.

No-Regrets Approach to Enhancing Grid Resiliency

Grid Assurance, innovative industry-driven response

Michael Deggendorf

Subscribers can reduce their costs by 30 to 70 percent compared with maintaining their own stockpile.

A Robotic Concrete Crawler

Play Station Controls Guide Robot on Concrete Inspection Trips

Maria Guimaraes

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.

Geomagnetic Disturbances and the Grid

Harmonics Studies Needed to Assess Vulnerabilities

David Mueller

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.

Remarkable Energy Careers: Jim Fama

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.

PPL CEO Interviewed

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?

A Holistic Cyber Strategy

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.