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Jan. 25, 2011 WCA Smart Grid Security

On January 25, 2011 in Sunnyvale at Synopsys, the WCA Smart Grid SIG presented “What Is Needed To Ensure the Smart Grid Is Secure?” Mike Ahmadi of GraniteKey moderated panelists Aditi Dubey of Silver Spring Networks, Dr. Isaac Ghansah of CSU Sacramento, Pan Kamal of AlertEnterprise and Christopher Villarreal of CPUC. This was an unusual mix of public, private and academic experts who talked about the very real dangers of an attack on the smart grid. There needs to be better communication between federal and state regulatory agencies. A utility should consolidate all sorts of security, from physical property to cyberspace under one manager so they can see a complete picture. There must be implementation down to the individual employees in the field. Security must constantly be updated to protect from new attacks.

All this made me wonder if there is better way to deliver electricity to consumers.

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Sept. 21, 2010 WCA Smart Grid Demand Response

On September 21, 2010 in Palo Alto at PARC, WCA Smart Grid SIG presented “Demand Response in the Residential Market.” Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media moderated Aloke Gupta of CPUC, Marcel Hawiger of TURN, Scott Hublou of EcoFactor, Jim Nichols of EnerNOC and Mary Ann Piette of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Demand response is a way to shave off peaks in energy demand. Big and small companies are selling sensors, control systems, and services for intelligent energy systems. The low hanging fruit is in industrial and commercial spaces while costs have not come down for the residential market yet. The big question is whether a system that was originally designed as a one-to-many network can be adapted to a many-to-many network.

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May 4, 2010 WCA Smart Grid

On May 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at PARC, the WCA Smart Grid SIG presented  “Home Energy Management in the Smart Grid World” Vito Longo of Transmission & Distribution World moderated panelists John Lin of Control4 Energy Systems, Ted Reguly of SDG&E, Matthew Smith of Silver Spring Networks and Jennifer Urban of UC Berkeley School of Law.

Most consumers show little interest in changing their energy use behavior, but that has changed in areas where the introduction of smart meters have seen higher utility bills. With the introduction of default Time-Of-Use (TOU) billing systems by 2016, consumers will have to cut their energy use in peak times to cut costs. To deal with that, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that utilities must give consumers access to their energy usage data by 2012. Home Energy Management (HEM) devices, systems, and services are becoming available so consumers can start cutting costs now.

The panel discussed how power monitors, switches, controllers, displays, and Home Area Network (HAN) devices interact with each other, with service provider web portals, and with the Home Energy Gateway to the AMI infrastructure. The current standards are Homeplug, WiFi or Zigbee. Things may change with the newer Smart Energy Profile 2.0 providing a less complicated and more secure interface that will be easier to upgrade.

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