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The Brief is an executive-style, two-page document highlighting the significance of the topic, the key structural elements to consider and the steps you can take today to support prudent and proactive utility decision-making and investments.
January 14th, 2020
Season 2 Episode #4 | Silicon Valley Clean Energy: A Successful New Utility Business Model
EnerNex host Steve Rupp interviews Girish Balachandran, CEO, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) to discuss the evolution of California’s electric utility business models. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is one of the most successful new utility business models to emerge under California’s initiative to decarbonize, decentralize and digitize the utility sector. Serving more than 270,000 customers in 13 San Francisco Bay Area communities, SVCE is proving that the CCA model works and works well. With a growing customer base, competitive retail electric rates, and increasing financial reserves, SVCE is by all measures a success. But like all energy service providers in California, an uncertain regulatory, environmental and political landscape requires CCA leadership to address a wide range of challenges and opportunities including energy storage, distributed generation, grid resiliency, cybersecurity, procuring renewable energy supplies and managing the evolving role of distribution system operators. Silicon Valley Clean Energy, under the leadership of public power veteran Girish Balachandran, is a leader in innovative customer energy programs, electrification and decarbonization. He joins The Energy Exchange to share his views on why CCA’s are succeeding and how they plan to thrive in a future filled with challenges and uncertainty.
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COMING SOON: Tuesday, Jan 21! A 2-page brief on forming a CCA entity. It’s a complex undertaking with significant risk and reward. Fortunately, most CCA models are evolving from proven approaches developed by earlier adopters. The right first step forward: seeking assistance from legal and management consulting experts, in addition to experienced leaders from successful CCAs and CCA organizations. Another first important step is to educate and inform the community leaders that will ultimately govern the new enterprise. Included in the brief is a framework focusing on three primary areas—technology, business, and people—to comprehensively explore this topic from various grid practitioner perspectives.
November 20th, 2019
Season 2, Eps. 3
Cybersecurity is at the front of mind for many utility operators, IT specialists, and has risen to the level of importance for many utilities that actually have a Chief Information Security Officer. While there is a growing need to have access to more field assets in the grid, the result is that we now expose more potential threat vectors. Secure devices, secure communication links and secure systems are many of the typical tools that utilities employ to thwart the potential for intrusion. There is a significant difference between IT Security and OT security. On this episode, we hear from Andrew Ginter, VP of Industrial Security with Waterfall Security. The author of two books, SCADA Security: What’s Broken and How To Fix It (the red book) and Secure Operations Technology (the black book) and is the host of The Industrial Security Podcast series.
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Our grid, one of the most complex machines in the world, is a critical infrastructure. Industrial control systems (ICS), such as SCADA Systems that manage the grid, can be targets for cyber- attacks, which can create not only inconveniences but impact commerce, well-being and safety. Protecting grid systems from vulnerabilities and mitigating the risks should be at the forefront of every utility today. The traditional methods of protecting IT assets are not by themselves adequate protection for critical OT assets. For more, download the brief.
September 23rd, 2019
“Keeping the lights on” is a bedrock principle of utility operations. Resiliency is an important topic that is growing in relevancy, both in a traditional sense (i.e., being prepared to mitigate the impacts of storm events) and also in terms of a utilities’ capability to be prepared for the utility landscape of the future (i.e., system hardening and grid modernization investments). The quest for greater utility resiliency occurs over a time continuum, which spans resiliency infrastructure topics (preparation before), on-going maintenance activities (preparation during), and forward-leaning initiatives (preparation for the future).
season 2 , Eps. 2
EnerNex Senior Consultant Sean Morash brings on special guests Rob Gramlich with Grid Strategies and Ryan Hruska with Idaho National Laboratory to talk resiliency in the electric power sector. Why resiliency is important, how we plan for it and a forward-looking perspective on what’s next for the electric sector.
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This 2-page brief covers the significance of resiliency, the key structural elements to consider, and the steps you can take today to support prudent and proactive utility decision-making and investments. Included is a framework focusing on three primary areas—technology, business, and people—to comprehensively explore this topic from various grid practitioner perspectives.
August 21st, 2019
Communications is a foundational element of the modern grid, which should be considered in terms of a larger enterprise architecture construct. It is a fundamental backbone for utility data management, delivery, and utilization.
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This 2-page brief covers the significance of utility telecommunications, the key structural elements to consider, and the steps you can take today to support prudent and proactive utility decision-making and investments. Included is a framework focusing on three primary areas—technology, business, and people—to comprehensively explore this topic from various grid practitioner perspectives.
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