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Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and- Mouse Game Against Hackers
For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based renewable energy developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages resulted.
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Creating a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley
Knostrop Energy & Recycling Facility

Yorkshire Water’s £72 million Knostrop Energy & Recycling Facility turns sewage into energy, generating sufficient electricity to power 7,600 homes. The project, according to local member of parliament Hilary Benn, “is helping to create a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley.”

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5G Implementation Comes Down to Communication, Collaboration
There’s no doubt that the lure of 5G digitalization is strong. This wave of next-generation connectivity is expected to usher in exciting new opportunities such as wide-scale adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with all its innovative new technologies that promise to change how we live, work and play.
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The Call Is Coming from Inside the House: Private Utility Networks Bring Efficiency, Control and Reliability
Reliable communications networks are crucial to allow utilities to deliver an uninterrupted supply of power to customers. With high-speed wireless technology at the fore, and the addition of hundreds of new field applications that require communications networks — including Long-Term Evolution (LTE) — a digital utility is built on communications that extend to the edge. Converged networks employing IP-advanced private wireless networks enable these systems to become more efficient and extend deeper into the distribution system, where they’re most needed.
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Integration Is Key From Data Management to Construction, But Can It Happen?
The answer, of course, depends on who you ask, but as they evolve from century-old (and occasionally millennia-old) roots, today’s critical infrastructure service providers are grappling with a range of forces that can redefine their businesses and the world we live in. Adapting their organizations to a more distributed, data-driven world is key to their futures, if they can harness new, integrated approaches to asset management, data quality management, capital planning and how things get built with improved IPD construction data.
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World Leader in Banking & Finance Finds Value in Distributed Energy Resources
Nationwide Distributed Solar Deployment Program

Our client set goals to improve the reliability and resiliency of power supplied to their financial centers throughout the United States. This goal not only improves their business continuity, but also lowers the carbon footprint of these centers by utilizing telecom infrastructure, distributed EV charging, battery energy storage, solar PV, and other distributed energy assets to reduce their reliance on traditional power supplies.

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United They Stand: DER and Non-Wire Alternatives Are Pulling Utility Teams Together
Ask anyone who’s been in the utility world for a while, and they’ll assuredly tell you: most utilities have operated in silos, separate groups focused squarely on their own little corner of the business. The silo mentality thrives when members of one department don’t share information with other departments, operate with separate goals, use different tools, and follow different processes than those folks across the hall.
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Delivering Resiliency as a Service
When it comes to grid modernization, where utilities want to spend money — and where they have approval to spend money — are not the same thing. Under today’s regulatory models, utilities typically do not have a way to recapture all the fixed costs required for critical upgrades. This can mean the choice between keeping the lights on today and preparing the grid for the challenges of the future.
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For Utilities, the Road Map to Resilience Must Be Focused, Holistic
As climate change continues to flex its catastrophic muscle, a storm is brewing for U.S. utilities. The scourge of extreme weather events — prolonged droughts, pounding hurricanes and deluges blamed for unprecedented flooding — are joining wildfires as challenges that have utilities scrambling to harden their assets to provide the resilience that consumers and regulators demand. Unrelenting threats of cyberattacks and the rising number of technologies that increase the load and strain on infrastructure assets add to the complexity.
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Grid Modernization Goes Mainstream, Reliability Is Primary Goal
Power sector players got a jolt in January 2019 when Virginia utility regulators rejected the $6 billion grid modernization rate case proposed by Dominion Energy. This “no” followed similar decisions in Kentucky and North Carolina from the previous year. Despite such setbacks, results from Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report survey show that utilities are “all in” on grid modernization plans, and it looks like regulators are moving that way, too.

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