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Digital Utility Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Digital Utility Group members!

In the digital utility space, new ideas are constantly emerging, and your fellow community members always have their fingers on the pulse of these latest trends. In their posts this month, they’ve focused on using advanced analytics to curb curtailment, implementing zero trust for operations technology, using blockchain to support electric vehicle integrations, and more. Follow the links below to get their expertise on these and other important matters. And, remember, your comments are always welcome.

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

Curbing Curtailment With Advanced Analytics

By Bill Hughes, posted on June 30

The unpredictable nature of wind and sun generation leads to energy providers turning away power. In this article, Bill explains how analytics can help address the need for power curtailment. It works by predicting how much wind and solar will be produced and by creating accurate load planning forecasts.

Insider Threats and Zero Trust – Possibilities for Utility OT Cyber Security

By Christine Hertzog, posted on June 17

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You may have heard about “zero trust” in relation to IT cybersecurity. But, could operations technology (OT) benefit from this approach too? In this piece, Christine helps us see why the answer is definitely yes. Hint: insider threats are just as much of a problem for OT as they are for IT.

Blockchain and EV, a Dynamic Duo?

By Paul Korzeniowski, posted on June 17

Blockchain is an exciting technology with many potential uses. One is to build EV software ecosystems within utilities for things like EV management and EV/grid interaction. But, Paul explains here, blockchain also presents some challenges, such as a lack of key features, yet to be worked out.

What’s Next for Virtual Power Plants?

By Karen Marcus, posted on June 16

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In this article I explore virtual power plants (VPPs), which are a positive and exciting development for the power industry. As their use expands, power companies, prosumers, and others are finding new ways to deploy it, such as unifying DERs and as part of new housing construction.  

An Unexpected Safety Lesson From COVID-19

By Pat Hohl, posted on June 15

Utility professionals all agree that safety is a primary concern for employees and customers. In this piece, Pat reminds us that communication is key. He suggests that many communication errors can be avoided through consistent double-checking and the right technology to help.

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