Grid Security & Reliability


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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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    Cybersecurity of the Grid

    While cyberthreats to the power sector are expanding, so are the tools to address them. But a key question remains — are companies doing what's needed to reduce the risk?

    By Utility Dive staff
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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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    Sponsored by EPRI

    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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    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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    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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    Opinion

    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
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    White House wants to harmonize the breadth of cybersecurity regulations

    National Cyber Director Harry Coker Jr. detailed White House strategy to streamline the administrative burden and cost of cyber compliance.

    By David Jones • June 7, 2024
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    GE Vernova spinoff ThinkLabs AI developing artificial intelligence tool to boost grid reliability

    The company is developing Copilot, an AI-powered digital assistant, to help utilities manage the renewable energy, storage and other resources coming on to the grid and better match electricity supply with demand.

    By Patrick Cooley • June 4, 2024
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    Taking flight: How drones accelerate utility disaster recovery efforts

    Learn how utilities can now turn to drone technologies to combat their disaster recovery efforts.

    June 3, 2024
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    US data center electricity demand could double by 2030, driven by artificial intelligence: EPRI

    Internet queries utilizing artificial intelligence require about 10x the electricity of traditional internet searches, according to analysis by the Electric Power Research Institute.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Utilities saw fewer Q1 ransomware attacks than other sectors. A Dragos analyst explains why.

    Electric companies worldwide experienced one ransomware attack in Q1, compared with 25 in the transportation sector and 106 in manufacturing, according to Dragos, but analysts warn against utilities getting complacent.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Opinion

    Grid modernization plans must consider quantum computing, AI, other innovations

    Any policy related to upgrading the grid must include a focus on using new technologies to make the most of these significant investments.

    By Christina Hayes and Allison Schwartz • May 20, 2024
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    6 transmission resiliency strategies to combat extreme weather events

    Bolstering grid resiliency is quickly becoming a requirement for utilities.

    May 20, 2024
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    State utility regulators grapple with load growth, reliability and permitting amid energy transition

    “There are so many priorities that we need to balance,” Michigan PSC Commissioner Katherine Peretick said at a Cleanpower Expo panel.

    By Brian Martucci • May 17, 2024
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    25 GW of new solar to boost summer grid reliability, but extreme heat poses widespread risks: NERC

    The North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s summer grid assessment, released Wednesday, concludes that seven regions face an “elevated risk” of energy shortfalls in extended heat waves.

    By May 16, 2024
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    An advanced grid requires regulatory innovation

    The need for innovation in utility regulation “springs” up on the heels of DOE paper, “Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Innovative Grid Deployment.” Regulatory innovation is essential for meeting the grid requirements of the future.

    By Brandon Dyer, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Sense • May 13, 2024
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    PJM, MISO to study transmission upgrades to bolster interregional power flows

    The grid operators plan to finish their interregional transfer capability study early next year.

    By May 10, 2024
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    VPPs could boost utilities’ credit profiles, but it’s ‘premature’ to consider impact: Morningstar DBRS

    Though obstacles are impeding virtual power plants in the short term, the technology will be a plus for utilities and for reliability in the long run, the credit rating company predicts.

    By Brian Martucci • May 6, 2024
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    Achieving greater reliability: How utilities can overcome budget and climate challenges

    Utilities need new and innovative ways to manage their operations, and advanced remote sensing technologies hold the key.

    May 6, 2024
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    Amid evolving utility goals and rising rates, an AMx strategy can de-risk AMI and bring all meters to the table

    As the first wave of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) begins to reach the end of its expected life, new meter technologies—including next-generation “AMI 2.0” meters—promise to offer a host of new benefits to utilities and customers alike.

    May 6, 2024
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    Opinion

    FERC and NERC review of winter storm gas failures lacks transparency, key details

    Faltering energy system performance — which almost caused rolling blackouts — and insufficient scrutiny and transparency after the fact must not be the new normal with winter storms.

    By Paul Arbaje • May 3, 2024
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    Opinion

    New early warning system will mitigate energy shortfall risks in New England

    ISO New England’s new Probabilistic Energy Adequacy Tool, created jointly with EPRI, is part of the grid operator’s comprehensive and proactive approach to planning for a reliable future power system.

    By Stephen George and Jinye Zhao • May 1, 2024
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    Artificial intelligence can help manage the grid but creates risks if deployed ‘naïvely,’ DOE warns

    Machine learning could help electric utilities improve permitting and siting, reliability, resilience and grid planning, according to a new Department of Energy report.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Expanding advanced nuclear raises national security risks: IISTP report

    The Institute for International Science and Technology Policy cautioned against an unqualified embrace of nuclear power as a climate change solution as international cooperation on nuclear safety frays.

    By Brian Martucci • April 29, 2024