Articles Tagged: energy grid

Five Reasons The U.S. Power Grid Is Overdue For A Cyber Catastrophe

As other major industries one by one fall victim to hackers, the U.S. electrical-power generation and distribution system seems remarkably insulated from cyber threats. A March 24 story in USA Today reported that out of 362 attacks on the power grid over the last four years, only 14 were cyberattacks and “there has never been a successful attempt to cause a power outage through a cyberattack in the United States.”

Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors

A new tool to forecast for future energy needs has been developed. Researchers say that is up to 50 percent more accurate than several commonly used industry tools, showing potential to save millions in wasted electricity.

Tech Billionaire Tom Siebel Launches Institute To Tackle Proliferation Of Power Grid Data

The nation’s energy infrastructure is getting equipped with millions of sensors — everything from vibration sensors on nuclear power plants to the internet-connected thermostat on the wall of someone’s house — and is starting to produce data on the scale of petabytes (a million gigabytes). Pretty soon, just about everything will be measured, and knowing what to do with all this data with analytics and machine learning is a looming challenge.

Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm

Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky – that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning. In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.

Congress lumbers toward responses to grid’s cyber and physical threats

Legislation to protect the nation’s power grid from a wide range of threats — from extreme weather and solar storms to a cyberattack and nuclear explosions — is gaining more traction in Congress. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday unanimously backed the need for a federal plan to build a strategic reserve of the large transformers that move power across the interstate transmission network.

Business Blackout, economic impact of a cyber attack against a power grid

According to a poll done by Morning Consult firm, cyber attacks are just behind terrorism attacks on the list of biggest threats to US, it has been estimated that the insurance industry could face losses of about $21 billion. That poll was conducted in the period from May 29 and May 31 by interviewing a national sample of 2,173 registered voters.

Scientists Break This Virtual Power Grid to Save the Real One

The state of Hawaii could be a brochure for a future powered by renewable energy: Photovoltaic panels are as ubiquitous as swimming pools. But despite being an energy model for the rest of the U.S., Hawaii has had trouble actually using the power the panels provide. During peak hours the sun contributes so much electricity that it threatens to destabilize the entire grid.

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