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Let’s Get Digital: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Digital Utility Group in Energy Central- May 15, 2020

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This month, I have the privilege for writing as a fill-in the monthly Digital Utility digest that’s usually pulled together by Karen Marcus, and it really could not be a more important, challenging, and exciting time in the digital world of utilities. So despite my inability to resist further puns with the name of the digest, there’s a lot of serious business going on, and the recent content submitted to Energy Central’s  Digital Utility Group sure reflects that.

So rather than hold your attention hostage any longer, let’s get right to the best, can’t-miss content from the past four week.

Matt Chester

Community Manager


Energy Central’s Cybersecurity Special Issue

To start, I would be remiss if I didn’t point you to Energy Central’s recently published Hot Topic Special Issue on Cybersecurity. We had so many terrific submissions on this topic area that has the attention of decision makers at utilities and only grows in priority each day, and the submissions stretched across many critical topics and from rockstar industry leaders and key influencers. Definitely check out the articles for this special issue if you haven’t already:


EnergyIoT Article 7 – The Road Forward

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Long-time Energy Central community members and readers of the Digital Utility Group surely shared with me the excitement of seeing this important and unparalleled articles series by Stuart McCafferty (IoT Artchitect at Black & Veatch Management Consulting) continue on after a recent hiatus. Everyone talks about the grid becoming smarter and the implication of the Internet of Things stretching more widely, but few people dive into the details of it like Stuart does, so if you work in this area you’ll want to drop what you’re doing and read through this article (and ideally the previous 6 parts as well!).

The BES Supply Chain Executive Order – Your Actions Now Will Determine the Outcome

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The world of the digital utility certainly took an even bigger spotlight than usual recently after President Trump signed an Executive Order regarding the supply chain of equipment added to the U.S. power grid, seemingly reflecting cybersecurity concerns. There is still a lot of uncertainty around the how and why of this order, but luckily we have Richard Brooks of Reliable Energy Analytics keeping the Digital Utility Group of Energy Central abreast of developments and implications.


Tutorial: Clustering Energy Data from Smart Meters

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Next, getting into the weeds of the technology that drives the digitalized utility system, this article from Miha Grabner—data scientists at the Electric Power Research Institute Milan Vidmar—comes with a full tutorial on how energy data from smart meters can be clustered to gain additional insights and lead to even more optimal results from the utility side of things. Miha breaks down the strategies and the technologies in an incredibly useful way, so this should be your go to resource if you start considering clustering energy data.

Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #12: ‘To Unlock the Modern Utility, GIS is Key’ with Bill Meehan of Esri

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Last but not least, I wanted to put in a self plug for the recently released episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast featuring Bill Meehan of Esri. In this episode, Bill digs into the topic of GIS in utility, a space in which he’s known as an industry leader, and really makes GIS topics accessible by anyone from a novice to an expert. The conversation will fly by and you’ll surely be left wanting more (and lucky for you, you’ll be able to reach Bill on the Energy Central platform if you want to see the rest of his content or ask him specific questions!).


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