Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – June 11, 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 power grid cyberattacks, technology in utility business model innovation, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


AI for Optimizing Efficiency and Cost for Grid Integrated Buildings

Jeremy Renshaw

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is in the process of developing an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to address high energy utilization in buildings. In this post, Jeremy Renshaw, Senior Program Manager at EPRI explains that the research to develop this solution will assess the time, engineering, and amount of data needed to build predictive models that are cost-effective, accurate, and scalable. The results of these efforts are expected to improve predictive modeling leading to enhanced efficiency, affordability, resiliency, environmental performance, and reliability as well as a scalable solution for buildings of all sizes.


No, a Cyberattack Isn’t Going To Shut Down the Power Grid

Tom Alrich

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In this piece, Tom Alrich, Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk Management and NERC CIP-013 Consultant suggests that — despite a recent contrary statement by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm — adversaries do not have the capability to shut down the U.S. grid with a cyberattack. Tom offers several reasons for his statement, including the fact that the U.S. participates in three completely disconnected AC grids, with no single point of attack that could bring each one down. He asserts that, while there are other potential causes of a total U.S. grid collapse, one caused by bad actors isn’t one to worry about.


Business Model Innovation in Utilities: How the Sector Is Fusing Technologies

KV Sarma

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The role of utilities is changing. In this piece, new Energy Central member KV Sarma, Head of Europe Manufacturing & Utilities Industry Solutions Unit at TCS reviews some of the technologies — including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), digital twins, and drones — that are supporting this change. He explains that the value of technology is often in using solutions together to accomplish goals. For example, a digital twin that incorporates analytics and sensors to enhance operational efficiencies. KV stresses that, to be most effective, such combinations should be deployed across the entire spectrum of utility operations.


Show Don’t Tell: Four Ways To Address Cyber Risks to Energy Systems

Danielle Jablanski

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As cyber risks to the electric utility industry continue to gain attention, new emphasis is being placed on the security of industrial control systems (ICS). In this article, new Energy Central member Danielle Jablanski, Senior Research Analyst, Digital Innovations at Guidehouse Insights explains that the key to strengthening ICS is building a strong cohort of informed and capable leaders. She suggests that the way to develop these leaders is to offer them means to expand their knowledge base beyond training and certifications.


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