Securing the Smart Grid: Questions and answers on consumer privacy and threats to the grid - both physical and cyber
Date: 17 June 2015
Public Utilities Fortnightly
While the smart grid is a viable solution to the current issues surrounding the unreliability and inefficient electric grid, security should be at the forefront of development. "Security cannot be added as an afterthought," said Dr. Amin. "We need to start from scratch, at the very beginning." In this Public Utilities Fortnightly article, Dr. Amin offers his insights for each of the industry's top concerns: defining threats; assessing risks; regulatory impediments; consumer privacy; and price, service and value. Over time, in order to modernize the grid, investments need to be made and a systematic approach is required. Read more.
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Early in June 2015, IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin provided a state of reliability report at the FERC Reliability Technical Conference. In his statements, Dr. Amin discussed the current state of the nation's electricity system and the activities, accomplishments, and challenges ahead.
Dr. Amin's remarks included acknowledging that the industry has achieved significant milestones over the past five years, with more to come. To look ahead, he highlighted key drivers for changes in the electric power sector, which include:
- Acceleration of efficiency (energy intensity dropping 2%/yr.);
- Distributed generation and energy resources (DG & DERs), including energy storage & microgrids;
- More cities interested in charting their energy future;
- District energy systems;
- Smart Grids;
- Electrification of transportation;
- New EPA regulations, such as for greenhouse gases under Section 111(d) of Clean Air Act;
- Demand response (and 3rd-party aggregation of same);
- Combined heat & power (CHP), plus waste heat recovery; and
- The increasingly interstate and even trans-national nature of utilities (and contractors too, which leads to security concerns).
Read Dr. Amin's entire FERC conference keynote.
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On June 9, 2015, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the procurement of electricity produced by solar photovoltaic arrays to be constructed by the selected bidder that will bring approximately 3 megawatts of solar energy across 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
Netz Burgenland Strom has selected Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream smart metering solution, which will run on G3 PLC technology. The deal includes infrastructure for the utility’s head-end-system that remote reading of all meters in its network. Under terms of the agreement, the first three thousand smart meters will be deployed in late 2015, with 20,000 additional devices…
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