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Digital Utility Roundup: Must-Read Posts From the Past Two Weeks

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Greetings Digital Utility Group members!

There’s a lot going on in energy and utilities these days. From technology developments to fire management to power grid cybersecurity, the industry is abuzz with activity and your fellow group members have been capturing it all with informative posts. Below you’ll find links to some of the most intriguing topics from the last couple of weeks. Happy reading!

Broadband Driven Smart Energy Developments

By Paul Budde, posted on January 24

The method of energy delivery is changing from fossil-generated to renewable, yet this might not be the biggest shift in the industry. Paul notes that traditional business models are being replaced as well. Customer-controlled distribution is the way of the future as energy consumption continues to expand.

Is China’s Tax Policy Hindering the Solarization of Its Digital Economy?

By Selva Ozelli, posted on January 17

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China is the biggest emitter of CO2 on the planet and one of the biggest users of coal. Yet, the country has also taken serious steps toward addressing the climate crisis. Selva points out that these steps may lead to a net-zero carbon emissions future but only if China continues to follow through.

How and Why Power Grid Cyberattacks Are Becoming Terrorists’ Go-To

By Dean Chester, posted on January 15

Power grid cyberattacks are more likely than ever — and more potentially devastating. While some cybercriminals seek monetary payment to return things to their normal state, Dean suggests that some of these criminals are motivated more by politics than by cash.

Simplifying OT/IT Integration in Utilities

By Frederik ten Sythoff, posted on January 14

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Operational technology (OT) has historically been isolated from other IT infrastructure within utilities. However, this practice may be changing as companies see the benefit of integrating OT with IT. In this article, Frederik discusses those benefits, as well as potential challenges and risks.

Fighting Fire With…Data: A Conversation With Tom Rolinski, SCE Fire Scientist

By Jim Horstman, posted on January 14

In accordance with new California regulations, utilities must develop annual wildfire mitigation plans. Southern California Edison’s (SCE) 2019 plan includes implementing a new Fire Scientist position. Here, Jim share’s what he learned from SCE’s Fire Scientist, Tom Rolinski, about this new role.

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