Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – April 16, 2021

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Welcome to the Intelligent Utility Network roundup, Digital Digest. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to digital utility and mobile workforce trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about clean energy through digitalization, edge computing, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


More Clean Energy Through Digitalization

Priyanka Mohapatra

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In this post, new Energy Central member Priyanka Mohapatra, Application Services Expert at OMICRON electronics GmbH shares her reflections after reading Bill Gates’ book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, which explores societal changes needed to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. She suggests that a complete smart grid requires smart T&D and a smart electricity market, which in turn require digitalization. Three key digital technologies to explore include digital substations; wide area fast acting schemes; and digital twins.


Edge Computing and Distributed Intelligence Enable the Neural Grid Transformation

Michael Hartnack

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According to Michael Hartnack, Research Analyst and Senior Consultant at Guidehouse Insights various factors are driving utilities and grid operators to install edge computing components as part of the overall distribution network. These platforms are likely to be centered around four key technologies: distribution automation, volt/VAR optimization, advanced metering infrastructure, and smart inverters. Michael explains that these technologies will likely yield a variety of benefits — including DER network efficiency gains, demand-side management and energy efficiency program benefits, and workforce requirement reductions — over the next decade.


What Would Have Prevented the SolarWinds Attack?

Tom Alrich

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The SolarWinds cyberattack is something many people would like to have prevented. While it’s too late for that, Tom Alrich, Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk Management and NERC CIP-013 consulting expert speculates in this article what, in hindsight, might have been done differently.  He notes that, of the four phases of the attack, the second one — penetration of the SolarWinds software build environment — was most easily preventable. This phase required extraordinary steps on the part of the attackers to remain undetected and Tom offers suggestions for how it could have been thwarted.


Citizen Developers Trump the Utility Skunk Works

Pat Hohl

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In this piece, Pat Hohl, Director – Electric Industry Solutions at Esri reflects on the role of the citizen developer, which is a user who develops business applications using environments sanctioned by corporate IT. The benefit of such work is that it can produce fast, powerful solutions — such as dashboards, mobile or web apps, and analytics — to business needs, without the corporate constraints that sometimes hold back traditional projects. Pat points out that utilities around the globe are actively leveraging such solutions and he encourages others to do the same.


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