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JULY 2017 VOLUME 22.07
9 Overcoming the Big Data Challenge
Asset management is one of the most complex elements of the utility business. Many
utilities’ current practices are plagued with archaic technologies, practices and strategies.
By Richelle Elberg, Navigant Research
11 Grabbing Hold of the Future
Self-service customer engagement is about delivering power to the people.
Truly radical advancements in smart meters and data analytics have made
self-service customer engagement a tool for the here and now instead of a
mantra for the future. You don’t have to just imagine anymore.
By Rod Walton, Senior Editor
13 Five Steps to Operational Intelligence
Many infrastructure-focused companies will struggle to survive against the
upstarts. Data, along with the intelligence it provides, may be their salvation,
but only if they know how to synthesize it. By Bill Meehan, ESRI
22 Continental Journey
Work begins on sharpening the European grid. Following the launch of EU
initiatives such as Projects of Common Interest (PCI), the Juncker Plan, the Energy
Union and the Capital Markets Union, investors are focused on future infrastructure
projects at a point when that could include significant progress on smart grids.
By Peter Mayer, Marc Fornacciari, Michal Motylewski, Tomasz Janas and
Tracey Sheehan, Dentons
25 Microgrids: Considerations and Lessons Learned
With microgrids continuing to gain acceptance, many utilities and energy providers
will find themselves weighing whether the concept is a good fit to meet their needs
and address future challenges. To help evaluate the benefits and potential challenges
associated with the technology, comprehensive microgrid feasibility studies should be
conducted. By Bahman Daryanian, Paul Datka and Lavelle Freeman, GE
28 Microgrid at the Navy School
Even as we look at contemporary, renewable-powered microgrids, we find many
examples of inexpensive and effectively islanded power networks. One example of this
is the modest microgrid at IMPEL, the Integrated Multi-Physics Energy Laboratory at the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. By Evan Berger, Calmac Corp.
30 The Pole Express
Data available on the structural resiliency of overhead lines might motivate
regulators and utilities to reassess pole management practices that can save
money, reduce outages, shorten restoration time and costs and keep the
power on for customers who pay the bills.
By Nelson G. Bingel III, National Electrical Safety Code
32 Mice and Birds and Bears, Oh My!
Electrical enclosures are designed to protect electrical systems against common
outside forces, including weather, human interference and animals; but sometimes
these steel structures aren’t a match against determined creatures.
By Ray Palama, Schneider Electric
From the Editor
Strengthening the IT-OT Link
In most cases where OT networks are compromised,
the attackers enter the IT network first. From there, they
must determine how data moves from the IT network
to the OT network and abuse those same paths to pivot
into the OT network.
By Jake Williams, Rendition Infosec
Ditching the Air Gapping Myth
Organizations must move beyond the air-gapping myth to
better identify vulnerabilities in their networks and improve
security for ICS as well as SCADA. Doing so requires
acknowledging that IT and OT are converging, avoiding
common mistakes within the industry and addressing
security issues head on.
By Daniel Cohen-Sason, Cyberbit
Finding a Way in the Fog
Every day there seems to be a new instance of a major
cyber breach that has varying consequences. We enter
each new day with the hope that the latest hack will
happen to someone or something else and that we have
recently backed up our information or the people we
have entrusted are backing us up.
By Stewart Kantor, Full Spectrum Inc.