Grid Security & Reliability


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    Data centers can drive revenues for Dominion, Pinnacle West, Southern, but there are risks: Moody’s

    Electric utilities looking to benefit from data center growth could face credit risks in the event new power demand does not materialize as expected, according to Moody’s Ratings.

    By July 23, 2024
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    NERC should lead development of new approach to resource adequacy assessments: report

    Grid planning criteria must “evolve to reflect a new reality,” said Mark Lauby, senior vice president and chief engineer for the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

    By July 23, 2024
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    Grid Resiliency

    Utilities and grid operators are facing increasing threats from climate change as well as cyber and physical attacks, and are deploying a variety of responses to meet the rising challenges.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    Deep Dive

    Innovative solutions emerge to reduce 2.5-TW US clean energy interconnection backlog

    California’s project scoring criteria, the Texas connect and manage option and SPP’s work to link system planning with the interconnection process across its multistate region could speed the clean energy expansion.

    By July 22, 2024
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    Forecasting the unprecedented

    For a risk manager at an electric utility, it's crucial to recognize that the threat of catastrophic wildfires is pervasive and exists almost everywhere.

    By Pavel Grechanuk, Senior Data Scientist, Technosylva • July 22, 2024
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    Bipartisan Senate bill proposes $12B for DOE’s AI work to spur energy breakthroughs, other advances

    The FASST initiative will leverage the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories to “build the world's most powerful integrated scientific AI systems,” agency officials said.

    By July 17, 2024
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    DOE to deploy over 3,000 solar + storage home systems in 2024 for most vulnerable Puerto Ricans

    DOE’s Solar Access Program could incentivize installation of up to 30,000 home energy systems for low-income households facing frequent power outages and other challenges.

    By July 16, 2024
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    You can’t have an AI strategy without a data strategy

    For AI to truly maximize outcomes for both customers and the business, a number of key tenets should be central to a utility’s AI strategy.

    By Creighton Oyler • July 15, 2024
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    Projecting the effect of climate change on the future risk of hurricane-induced power outages

    Advanced modeling is helping system planners dig into local climate threats and deploy a vast array of solutions that make the most sense in their footprint.

    By EPRI & Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) • July 15, 2024
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    Energy, other critical infrastructure providers press for limits on cyber incident reporting rules

    In a last-minute push, critical infrastructure stakeholders urged federal officials to give more flexibility on the detail required during the first 72 hours of covered cyber incidents.

    By David Jones • July 9, 2024
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    Texas restoration efforts underway after Hurricane Beryl leaves 2.7M customers without power

    CenterPoint expects to restore power to about 1 million customers by the end of Wednesday, leaving about another 1 million without electricity.

    By July 9, 2024
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    FERC issues transmission planning rule, plus 5 other first half agency highlights

    Wholesale market reforms, private equity mergers and reliability during extremely cold weather were among the other key issues the commission tackled in the first six months of 2024.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Supreme Court ruling on Chevron doctrine may upend future cybersecurity regulation

    Experts expect new legal challenges against numerous agency cybersecurity requirements, including incident reporting mandates and rules governing critical infrastructure sectors.

    By David Jones • July 3, 2024
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    Renewable energy, microgrids face growing cyber threats: FBI

    The FBI’s recommendations to protect renewable resources from hackers are general best practices and should be paired with emerging security solutions, cyber experts said.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Data at the helm: Empower your operations with end-to-end asset monitoring solutions

    Learn how utilities are revolutionizing asset monitoring with cutting-edge drone solutions.

    July 1, 2024
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    FERC advances dynamic line rating framework, plus 6 other takeaways from its open meeting

    FERC Commissioner David Rosner took part in his first open meeting as Commissioner Allison Clements said farewell.

    By June 28, 2024
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    DOE issues cybersecurity best practices for securing clean energy supply chains

    The increased priority on security comes as more clean energy supply chains face the threat of a cyberattack.

    By Kate Magill • June 24, 2024
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    Modern network management supports grid quadremma

    How are utilities strengthening resiliency? The answer: Creating a tougher, smarter, more secure and healthier grid.

    By Bill Meehan, Esri • June 24, 2024
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    MISO faces possible capacity shortfall next summer in northern, central regions

    “Resource adequacy risks could grow over time across all seasons, absent increased new capacity additions and actions to delay capacity retirements,” the grid operator and state regulators said.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Data center, AI load growth could threaten grid reliability: Conference Board

    Although AI tools could eventually enable more efficient electricity generation, storage, transmission and use, near-term AI demand could slow the energy transition, the report says.

    By Brian Martucci • June 20, 2024
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    Constellation, Vistra and PSEG could be next to ink nuclear-data center supply deals: S&P

    Higher power prices have created opportunities for nuclear operators to serve data centers that co-locate nearby, S&P Global Ratings said.

    By June 18, 2024
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    US Army seeks nuclear microreactors for reliable on-site generation

    Other military branches and government agencies could replicate the RFI for prototype on-site microreactor power plants, USNIC Chair Jeff Merrifield said.

    By Brian Martucci • June 17, 2024
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    Take the guesswork out of wildfire risk reduction

    While wildfires may seem like a distant threat, proactive measures are crucial for electric utilities everywhere.

    By Steve Vanderburg, Vice President - Weather & Risk Solutions, Technosylva • June 17, 2024
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    EPRI releases study of wildfire tools to proactively assist electric companies in risk management

    Large wildfires are becoming more frequent and severe in the United States and other regions.

    June 17, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    As NVIDIA, IBM and others apply AI to boost utilities, regulatory and data privacy obstacles abound

    The “move fast and break things” business model of the technology sector is meeting the regulated spending and reliability imperatives of the utility sector.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Forward-thinking investments and increased power grid flexibility can prevent wildfires

    A methodology being developed by Lawrence Berkekey National Lab and others assesses different wildfire mitigation approaches to determine the optimal portfolio of investments to protect power grids.

    By Alexandre Moreira • June 10, 2024