Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has announced the creation of a new FERC office that will help the Commission focus on potential cyber and physical security risks to energy facilities under its jurisdiction....More
Engineers and technologists have a reputation, not always deserved, of being poor communicators – both written and verbal. Here's why we often have an information impedance mismatch and some things we can do about it....More
Last month Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River), who is Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, was the keynote speaker at the CA Information Security Forum at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento....More
We received a lot of interest in our utility professional poll. The results fit with what I know about most utility engineers. We like technology and we want to make a difference. We don't do well when we lose our sense of professional worth and purpose....More
Utility professionals, is your salary still worth the hassle? Electric power professionals were often attracted by the stability of the industry as compared to less secure higher tech, more mobile opportunities (aerospace, IT etc.). But in doing so they usually accepted lower salaries, although the benefits were terrific......More
In a highly asset intensive industry with a geographically disparate asset base, implementing operational and maintenance standards and practices is necessary to continually improve the balance between asset reliability and costs....More
Chances are, you are already well aware of the onslaught of coal plant shutdowns due to environmental concerns, regulations and the capital cost of upgrading aging assets. With systems primarily built around coal plants, especially in the East, how does a power plant maintain grid stability in light of these shutdowns? Learn how FACTS devices, such as static VAR compensators, provide overall grid stability and voltage control, saving utilities time and money.
For more information on this topic, download the free white paper: The age of the new energy miner: unearthing new options for grid reliability in the era of coal retirement.