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    The SCADA Security Challenge

The SCADA Security Challenge

          By Chris Stoneff, Vice President of Technical Management, Lieberman Software Corporation One of the less well-known aspects of information technology – but arguably one of the most critical – is the SCADA platform. SCADA stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition, the computer control systems at the heart of many industrial automation and control systems. SCADA-driven systems are found in energy power plants, electricity supply

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    Latest Facebook Data Center to be Powered by Renewable Energy from Dominion Energy Virginia

Latest Facebook Data Center to be Powered by Renewable Energy from Dominion Energy Virginia

Provider will add new solar generation to the power grid to serve a new state-of-the-art data center Facebook plans to build in suburban Richmond, Virginia. On October 5, 2017 Facebook announced that it has selected a location in eastern Henrico County as home to its eighth domestic data center. The project was made possible through a new innovative renewable rate option designed by Dominion Energy Virginia and Facebook that will allow large energy users such

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    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and GRID Alternatives Partner for Tribe’s First Grid-Tied Solar Electric System

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and GRID Alternatives Partner for Tribe’s First Grid-Tied Solar Electric System

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Stephanie Yellow Hammer and her family will benefit from clean, free energy from the sun thanks to a solar electric system installed on her home last week. The project, a partnership between the tribe and national nonprofit GRID Alternatives, is the first grid-tied solar electric system to be installed on the Standing Rock reservation. The undertaking received support in the form of equipment donations from

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    Installation of Efficient Lighting and Modern Controls by Fairbanks Energy Services Leads to Proven Annual Energy Savings of 244,000 kWh for vXchnge’s Chappaqua, New York Data Center

Installation of Efficient Lighting and Modern Controls by Fairbanks Energy Services Leads to Proven Annual Energy Savings of 244,000 kWh for vXchnge’s Chappaqua, New York Data Center

Today, Fairbanks Energy Services announced the 2016 lighting retrofit at vXchnge’s Chappaqua, New York Edge data center has reduced the facility’s power usage by 244,000 kWh in its first year. Completed in July 2016, the lighting retrofit lowered the data center’s electrical consumption by 244,000 kWh, or the equivalent electricity needed to power 19 U.S. households for one year. vXchnge’s Chappaqua data center is one of many vXchnge data centers that

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    Rise in data center market and demand for energy efficiency drives Fairbanks Energy Services to open Colorado office

Rise in data center market and demand for energy efficiency drives Fairbanks Energy Services to open Colorado office

Fairbanks Energy Services announced today the next step in its domestic expansion with the official opening of its Denver office. Located at 1400 16th Street, 16 Market Square, Suite 400, Denver, CO, this is Fairbanks Energy Services’ fifth location and will serve as its headquarters for the Colorado and Greater Rocky Mountain Region. One of the fastest growing data center markets in the United States, Denver is well-positioned for the future as

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    3 Steps to Securing Your Utility

3 Steps to Securing Your Utility

  By Gabe Authier, Senior Product Manager, Tripwire   In June 2017, the radiation monitoring system at Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went offline due to the Petya cyberattack. Several Ukrainian ministries, banks, metro systems and state-owned enterprises were also affected.   The incident was considered to be the first known successful attack on a power grid, and it highlighted just how vulnerable critical infrastructure is to cybercrime. This is particularly concerning as

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    Citigroup Partners with NYSERDA for FlexTech Project

Citigroup Partners with NYSERDA for FlexTech Project

Citigroup Utilizes the Virtual Facility (VF) to Improve Data Center’s Efficiency  Citigroup has partnered with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to improve component and system-level efficiency in their space-tapped 40,000 ft2, 1986 legacy data center. By receiving funding from NYSERDA’s FlexTech program, Citigroup has decided to utilize the Virtual Facility (VF), an engineering simulation tool offered in the 6SigmaDCX software suite by Future Facilities. The intention

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    Operations Begin at New Solar Farm in Flambeau, WI to Provide Power to Dairyland Power Cooperative

Operations Begin at New Solar Farm in Flambeau, WI to Provide Power to Dairyland Power Cooperative

groSolar, CMS Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and Price Electric Cooperative recently announced the commercial operation of a new 3.4 megawatt (MW DC) Flambeau Solar project located in Flambeau, Wisconsin. The collaborative project is predicted to produce an estimated 5,000 megawatt (MWh) of renewable energy in the first year of operation, or the equivalent amount of electricity to power more than 600 homes. In addition, Flambeau Solar provides a variety of environmental benefits, including

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    SUEZ North America to Manage Mohawk Valley’s Water Treatment Plant

SUEZ North America to Manage Mohawk Valley’s Water Treatment Plant

SUEZ North America recently announced that it has secured a five-year contract with the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to equip and maintain Mohawk Valley’s water treatment plant. The $16 million agreement took effect on August 1st, and provides services to an estimated 126,500 people in Utica, New York and neighboring towns in Oneida and Herkimer counties. SUEZ is a crucial water and wastewater utility in New York State, providing drinking water services

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    Etrion Completes 9.5 MW Aomori Solar Project in Japan

Etrion Completes 9.5 MW Aomori Solar Project in Japan

Solar independent power producer Etrion Corporation (TSX:ETX) (OMX:ETX), recently announced the completion of construction and connection to the grid of the remaining two sites of the Aomori solar project, totaling 4.2 megawatts. Hitachi High-Technologies contributed to the build-out of the final sites as well. Aomori is a 9.5 MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic power project with four sites in the Aomori prefecture of Japan. Each Aomori site has a twenty-year power purchase

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    Nokia to Provide Critical Communications Network to Northern California Water and Power Utility

Nokia to Provide Critical Communications Network to Northern California Water and Power Utility

Nokia recently announced that it has secured an agreement to equip the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) with an advanced communications network. Having already serviced more than 200 power utilities worldwide with mission-critical networks, the deal is of particular importance to Nokia as it is the company’s first public agreement with a water utility. The PCWA is a crucial water resource agency for the Northern California region. It manages the

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    Navigant and Public Utilities Fortnightly Release Exclusive Report Addressing Concerns of Electric Utility Industry.

Navigant and Public Utilities Fortnightly Release Exclusive Report Addressing Concerns of Electric Utility Industry.

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) and Public Utilities Fortnightly released the second edition of “State & Future Power Industry.” This is an exclusive report that answers the question, “What is the state and future of the electric utility industry?,” by sharing and discussing approaches such as industry leader’s perspectives, a survey on electricity’s future, and more. Crucial findings from the second edition emphasize that even though gas prices and renewables are influencing

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    GE’s myPlant Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution Utilized on More than One Third of Jenbacher Gas Engines in France

GE’s myPlant Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution Utilized on More than One Third of Jenbacher Gas Engines in France

With the ongoing scarcity of fossil-fuel reserves and fuel poverty, Dalkia, a global leader in energy services, has aspired to create a more sustainable, greener outlook and has done so proactively. The company and GE (NYSE:GE) have worked with over 170 of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, which total more than 230 megawatts, for the last twenty years. These have been equipped into Dalkia’s cogeneration and district heating applications, including municipalities

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    Minneapolis Becomes New Home of The Critical Facilities Summit

Minneapolis Becomes New Home of The Critical Facilities Summit

The Critical Facilities Summit, an event that characterizes itself as the only one of its kind “focused exclusively on the design, construction and management of mission critical facilities,” has announced open registration for its 2017 conference. After four rewarding years in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year’s Summit will be taking place October 23-25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55403. Minneapolis/St. Paul has emerged as

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    GE Partners With Solairedirect

GE Partners With Solairedirect

India has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s leading hotspots for solar power due to its booming economy and the increasing demand for electricity. On June 22nd, GE Energy Connections (NYSE: GE) announced that the company is now partnering with Solairedirect to provide its plants with 140 megawatts (MW) of LV5 1-MW solar inverters. These inverters will be installed in two solar plants with 70-MW capacity each. In addition,

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    SEDC’S New Atlanta-Based Cybersecurity Operations Center to Provide Managed Security Services to Safeguard US Electric Grid

SEDC’S New Atlanta-Based Cybersecurity Operations Center to Provide Managed Security Services to Safeguard US Electric Grid

SEDC announced on June 19th that it now offers comprehensive managed security services (MSS) to utilities through its Atlanta-based cybersecurity operations center (SOC). The SEDC MSS provides utilities access to a staff of cybersecurity professionals, 24/7 monitoring of engineering and operations, accounting and billing, and internet. In 2016, SEDC completed pilot projects with utilities of varied size, scope, network, and engineering asset architectures. Today, the SEDC SOC still provides services

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    New Electricity Market Analysis Platform for Renewable Energy Developed By Rocky Mountain Institute

New Electricity Market Analysis Platform for Renewable Energy Developed By Rocky Mountain Institute

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and its Business Renewables Center (BRC) have created and recently launched a new software tool, the BRC Market Analysis Platform.  Designed to assist buyers and developers of renewable energy projects with the identification of the locations that are more likely to be economically attractive across deregulated electricity markets in the United States, the platform is constructed by utilizing publicly-available data from market operators, a levelized cost

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    Edward Cuoco Appointed Vice President for DNV GL’s Energy Market and Policy Development Group in North America

Edward Cuoco Appointed Vice President for DNV GL’s Energy Market and Policy Development Group in North America

DNV GL, energy certification body, has tapped Edward Cuoco for the role of Vice President of its Market and Policy Development (MPD) group. Prior to joining DNV GL, Cuoco was the director of data science and advanced analytics at the Weather Company. In his new role, Cuoco brings proficiency in data science, and change and risk management. In addition, over the past two decades, he has served in leadership positions

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    Potluck Energy and Sunbug Solar Launch First Community Solar System in Somerville, Massachusetts

Potluck Energy and Sunbug Solar Launch First Community Solar System in Somerville, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Mass-based Potluck Energy, PBC., has announced the completion of Somerville’s first community solar system, located in Davis Square. The solar system was designed, engineered and installed by SunBug Solar, founded in Somerville, with offices in Arlington and Westfield. The system is expected to begin providing electricity to customers starting in June, and an outdoor launch party is planned for June 17th. The Climate Action Business Association, Inc. (CABA), a

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    Zero Tolerance for Equipment Failure? GE’s Test System Can Help Provide Confidence

Zero Tolerance for Equipment Failure? GE’s Test System Can Help Provide Confidence

The U.S. does not shy away from new technologies and innovations. With a strong innovative culture, the country was early adopters of commercial aeroplanes and the pioneer of futuristic, more capable warships. Analysis by PWC found that the U.S. spends the most on research and development globally, signalling the nation’s commitment to being at the forefront of technology. With businesses calling for innovation and advancement daily, test systems have become

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