Fortnightly Magazine - May 2017

Where the Private Sector Protects the Nation

Cross-Sector Information Sharing is Key

For the past nine years, I have been focused on how electric utilities, other critical infrastructure asset owners, and the supply community protect against the ever-evolving, rapidly changing cybersecurity threat. Cyber is the only domain in which we ask the private sector to be responsible for national security.

Making the Grid Safe for Democracy

Public-Private Partnerships Essential for Protection

Our critical energy infrastructure is at the front lines of international warfare, under constant cyber attack by foreign enemies. With continued strong cooperation between government and industry, we can secure our infrastructure against the newest threats.

Value versus Cost

Legislators Need Context For A Rate Increase

Most public officials do not understand or consider risks associated with the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to the end user. Neither does the public at large. Lost or ignored is the fact that the health and welfare value of electricity far outweighs the slight increase in cost.

Accommodating High Levels of DER

Understanding What Reliability Entails

How Distributed Energy Resources affect the reliability of the bulk power system is an area that needs more study and analysis for the industry and policy makers.

Innovation's Emerging Challenge

Sharpening the Focus

The utility industry’s focus on innovation is only a few years old and already its champions are finding that addressing increasing business demands is all-consuming.

Whale Tale

Transitions are Complex Affairs

It’s tempting to idealize how market forces shape the outcome of energy transitions. The truth is that many factors affect what happens and how fast. Notably, government policies play a greater role in shaping energy than most care to admit.

Zero Emissions Credits

State Priorities vs. Regional Differences

Recently adopted state programs to foster existing nuclear generation are being challenged in the courts for potentially infringing on FERC’s wholesale market jurisdiction. 2017 could prove to be the year when state policy priorities began to elbow aside voluntary regional market constructs.