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NOVEMBER 2016 VOLUME 21. 11
16 The IEM CIM: Key to Integrated
As a result of the massive influx of active participants, power grid
operations have become dramatically more dependent on complex
computer-based analytically intensive operating practices. One can only
wonder if there is any solution that can scale to deal with these massive
numbers of interconnections between utility entities.
By Margaret Goodrich, Project Consultants; Jay Britton, Britton Consulting; Pat
Brown, ICT/Electric Power Research Institute; and Terry Saxton, Xtensible Solutions
19 Making a Grid-Iron Defense
Every smart meter, energy box actuator and grid sensor added to the
network introduces new threat vectors for cyberattackers to exploit. Having
the right protections in place can save billions of dollars and keep power
fully operational to meet customer needs.
By Todd Waskelis, AT&T Consulting
22 Dorking and Shodan
No, this isn’t some “Game of Thrones” tandem, but online hacking tools
that are very modern. Electric utilities have a wide range of new cyber
threats that require active planning; there is one risk, however, that is often
overlooked: Open source intelligence.
By Jeremiah Telemantes, Red Team Security
28 Focus on Feedback
Effectively managing a smart grid public relations campaign can be just as
important as a successful deployment. Utilities deploying smart grid systems
must ensure that this human element is considered throughout the process.
By Nicole Griffin and Joseph Gaspard, Utiliworks Consulting
31 Time-Varying Rates
SGCC’s “The Empowered Customer” analysis revealed that up to 55 percent of
consumers are interested in enrolling in a time-varying rate plan when given the
option over a standard rate plan. Targeting program delivery and design.
By Nathan Shannon, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
35 Calendar/Ad Index
36 Parting Thoughts
Clarity and Context
The Emerging Tool
of Operational Analytics
The data explosion allows companies to create, capture, access,
monitor and analyze more and more information every day.
However, problems can arise in terms of what data to use, how
to properly use it and how to turn it into useful information
that affects decisions across the whole organization.
By Richard Irwin, Bentley Systems
From the Editor 3
The Holistic Approach to10
By proactively resolving conditions before they become
serious issues, a utility can increase customer
satisfaction and prevent equipment damage.
Ongoing monitoring of the system enables analysts
to develop holistic solutions to voltage problems
rather than simply react to the most recent customer
complaint or problem.
By Jeff McCracken, Itron Analytics