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November 27, 2012
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  News from the Grid 
  • FERC chief: Physical threats to grid more worrisome than cyberattack
    A single terrorist with a high-powered rifle could cause as much damage to the U.S. power grid as a cyberattack, according to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who calls lax physical security the biggest threat facing the nation's energy sector. Wellinghoff -- whose agency recently released a joint report on grid security with the National Academy of Sciences -- says utilities need to do more to protect critical equipment such as transformers, most of which remain unprotected and can take months to rebuild in the event of an attack. Smart Grid News (11/26), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Trends 
  • Smart meters enable Big Data analysis for utilities
    Smart meters do much more than monitor power usage, David Braue writes in this analysis. "We see the meter as basically being a network sensor that gives us 720,000 points of monitoring our network," Neil Webb of SP AusNet said at an industry conference. He added, "This is Big Data, absolutely. We do a lot of data analysis and have bought an appliance just for that." ZDNet (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Former N.Y. governor reflects on lessons from Sandy
    Simple yet potentially costly enhancements to the nation's power grid could have helped minimize the damage from Hurricane Sandy, according to George Pataki, the former governor of New York, which was hit hard by the storm. Pataki says burying cable and installing more resilient high-voltage direct-current transmission lines would make the grid more likely to withstand the abuse levied by a storm like Sandy. Also, instead of repairing damaged networks with legacy components, Pataki says the federal government should invest in next-generation infrastructure such as self-healing networks that reroute electrical currents around damaged areas. The Wall Street Journal (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • Lawmaker calls on House committee to pass grid security bill
    Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is calling on his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance legislation that would give federal regulators more authority to issue and enforce regulations designed to bolster the security of the nation's energy grid. The so-called GRID Act, which was introduced by Markey and co-sponsored by the Committee's chairman, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has received the support of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A similar bill was introduced in the last session of Congress but failed to gain traction in the Senate. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UTC News 
  • 700 MHz UTC/MACINAC meeting this week!
    On Nov. 29, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, UTC will hold a meeting for utilities and representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Interoperable Nationwide Advanced Communications (MACINAC) Initiative. The 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network and that the MACINAC Initiative is reaching out to utilities as it develops its plans for the 700 MHz PSBN in the mid-Atlantic region. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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