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November 20, 2012
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Latest News about Smart Grids - from Control Networks to Smart Meters, and Everything in Between

  News from the Grid 
  • Why tackling grid security must start with an inventory
    Ensuring the security of the nation's energy infrastructure is one of the primary challenges confronting the transition to the smart grid, and, for better or worse, it's up to utilities to serve as the foot soldiers of this effort. However, according to some experts, bolstering the defenses is of little use if you don't know what you're protecting. Before spending any money on security, they say, conduct a comprehensive inventory of all systems, components and networks to establish a perimeter that can subsequently be defended. The Smart Grid Security Blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Report warns of fallout from terror attack on energy grid
    A terror attack against the nation's power infrastructure could leave a number of states without power and cost hundreds of billions of dollars to repair, according to a U.S. government report that found multiple vulnerabilities across the energy grid. The study by the National Research Council was completed in 2007 and was only recently declassified. It blames the problem in part on the fragmented nature of the grid, which is more than 90% privately owned and regulated by individual states. USA Today (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The smart grid is a big opportunity, chip CEOs say
    Implementation of the smart grid represents a tremendous opportunity for the semiconductor industry, according to the CEOs of four European chipmakers who spoke at an industry conference in Munich. "The grid is not in bad condition, but we must ask how can we use it better? Moving from AC to DC transmission, getting rid of reactive power consumption would help. Using high-voltage DC transmission, you could push energy transport up by a factor of two," Infineon Technologies CEO Reinhard Ploss said. EE Times (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy Management 
  • Cutting-edge EV charger can talk to smart meters
    Percepscion, a subsidiary of Australia's DiUS Computing, is introducing a smart grid-enabled electric vehicle charger today. The Charge IQ electric vehicle charger -- which is currently being used as part of a five-year trial in the Australian state of Victoria -- is based on the Zigbee communications standard and communicates directly with smart meters, enabling utilities to offer energy efficiency incentives to customers. Smart Grid News (11/20), (Australia) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University receives $100,000 grant for renewable energy tests
    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has received a $100,000 grant from the state of Tennessee to test a solar panel and an air-conditioning/heating system powered by geothermal energy, according to this article. The UTC test facility is expected to produce more energy than it uses with the geothermal and solar energy sources. The state also parceled out grants totaling $680,000 to three other educational institutions, funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority under the federal Clean Air Act. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Setting the Agenda 
  • Cybersecurity bill fails in Senate; Obama considers executive order
    A bill to bolster the nation's cybersecurity has again failed to reach a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans opposed the measure, which would have created voluntary standards for companies involved in critical industries, saying it represented a slippery slope to additional government regulation. Observers say the failure makes it more likely that President Barack Obama will act to strengthen cybersecurity through an executive order. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14), Bloomberg (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UTC News 
  • 700 MHz UTC/MACINAC Meeting, Nov. 29 in Philadelphia
    Hold the date! On Nov. 29, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, UTC will hold a meeting between utilities and representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Interoperable Nationwide Advanced Communications (MACINAC) Initiative. The MACINAC Initiative, funded under the Department of Homeland Security's Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program and managed by the All Hazards Consortium, is designed to allow a combined, coordinated approach to prepare for the implementation of the 700 MHz National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) in the region. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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