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Security, Reliability & CIP

Cybersecurity, Part 1

Opportunities and Challenges for State Utility Regulators

By Commissioner Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois Commerce Commission, and Caitlin Shields, with Anne McKeon and Nakhia Crossley

This article examines the evolving role of state regulators in addressing cybersecurity in the energy sector. It highlights the importance of developing state regulatory processes that promote efficiency, maintain confidentiality, consider affordability and incentivize investment, while ensuring both the cost-effectiveness and security of utility infrastructure.

Fighting the Cyber Threat

How To Prepare

Sue Kelly

Growing up as an Air Force brat, I had certain values drilled into me: Be aware, take responsibility, work as a team, and be prepared. These same values can help combat security threats facing our industry.

Ted Koppel: Right and Wrong

Electric Sector Cyber Security

Jonathan Schneider

Koppel’s “Lights Out” book focuses on America’s cyber vulnerability, and on what he perceives as the fecklessness of institutions designed to protect us. He deserves credit for raising a serious subject in greater depth than it is generally covered in the media. But his expertise in the area is not deep, and he gets some fundamental things wrong.

The Power of Innovation, Part 1

Utility Execs' Roundtable: We sat down with seven utility execs who lead their companies on innovation

By Public Utilities Fortnightly

Strategy& and Public Utilities Fortnightly recently collaborated on an innovation roundtable in Washington, D.C. at the offices of the Edison Electric Institute. The experiences of these senior executives convey insights attained through the hard work of creating their unique innovation platforms.

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.