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
Driven by a variety of business and financial incentives, there's a tremendous influx of distributed energy to the grid. Some utility operators feel that the standards and technology required to manage and capitalize on these new energy sources haven't kept pace. This short video from APW 2015 describes technology available today that enables utilities to successfully integrate these resources and make them a valuable contributor to their energy portfolio.
Learn more about DER integration by downloading the white paper "The smart approach: Integrating distributed energy resources."