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This Week In Utilities: June 30

June 30, 2017

Every Friday, we round up the week’s best reads and most notable events occurring within the utilities and energy industries.

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

READ: Utility Dive – “Heat wave sets new power demand records across Arizona” 

Despite record breaking usage, a handful of utilities in Arizona and California are managing to keep power supplies steady.

Quote – “We’re in pretty good shape, knock on wood,” California ISO spokesperson Steven Greenlee told SF Gate. “We’ve had no major outages, either from generation or transmission.”

READElectric Utilities Ignoring Trump’s Changes To Climate Policy

Quote: “The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade organization that represents the nation’s publicly-owned utilities, has continued to navigate toward the star it was following in the Obama years.”

NEWS: Massachusetts – “Manhole cover explodes in Cambridge, MA, no injuries” 

NEWSThe Verge – A new ransomware attack is infecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe” 

Similar the last month’s WannaCry attack, a new ransomware crippled many businesses, including airports and utilities providers in Europe.

Quote – “The origins of the attack are still unclear, but the involvement of Ukraine’s electric utilities is likely to cast suspicion on Russia. Ukraine’s power grid was hit by a persistent and sophisticated attack in December 2015, which many attributed to Russia. The attack ultimately left 230,000 residents without power for as long as six hours.”

READ: Iowa Utilities Join Forces to Promote Road Safety

The utilities of Iowa have united in a public awareness effort to educate drivers of the Move Over or Slow Down law as it pertains to utility vehicles, including Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy.

READ: Daily Energy Insider – Pittsburgh, San Diego city officials put utilities as major players in smart-city partnerships

Savvy electric utilities and city officials working together to make smart cities a reality. Smart cities are “powered by smart connections for street lighting, smart buildings, distributed energy resources (DER), data analytics and intelligent services, and smart transportation.”

Quote: “‘You can’t have a smart city without a smart utility,’ said David Graham, deputy chief operating officer for the City of San Diego. ‘Without a utility partner, the city cannot be as smart as it needs to be.’”

See you next week!