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Interesting quick read. It sounds like a good start to protecting the grid is putting control houses in well grounded metal structures, which I would assume is already happening in most locations. I suppose structures of other non-conductive materials could be retrofitted with a Faraday cage on the interior or exterior somehow.
I was referring to the control houses already within the substations. So, they are typically already there to provide all the switching and protection of the substation. I would assume that the remotely operated or SCADA controlled substations would be at more risk than ones with operators on-site (due to the increased risk on communicaton pathways and equipment off-site) , but...
"The areas that are now deregulated had been paying more prior to deregulation (partially why such a measure was enacted in those areas), but they have declined more in the years since than the still regulated areas." I think you have it backwards, Matt:
Larkspur Rate Schedule - great resource, Rakesh. The biggest addition to MCE's bill is a charge from PG&E for "Power Service Indifference Adjustment". Do customers who've decided on a service provider get charged for the ones who can't make up their minds?
Paul, call it "Enron, Part Deux." California, as it attempts to establish a policy of clumsy regulated-deregulation in the wake of PG&E's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, edges ever-closer to an economic abyss foreseen by many before key federal legislation was repealed in 2005.
He went on to state that FERC’s current approach to incentivizing RTO participation hands transmission owners across the country hundreds of millions of dollars every year with little indication that any of that money makes a meaningful difference in their decisions to enter or remain in an RTO, and FERC must carefully review whether the RTO-Participation Incentive remains money well...
Matt, how could FERC ensure it's "money well-spent" with no strings attached? Handing money to a utility monopoly to "do what's right" only gives them an incentive to gouge ratepayers to their heart's content. This will not end well.