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This Week in Utilities, October 13, 2017: Smart Grid Technology

October 13, 2017

Welcome back to #TWIU. 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:

NEWS: Utility Dive – North Korea likely targeted US power companies in spear phishing campaign, firm says

Utility Dive Brief – Cybersecurity firm FireEye confirmed that it detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent to United States power companies by “known cyber actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government” in September.


TWEET: Fires in Sonoma and Napa counties in CA affect power for residents 

Sonoma Fire Tweet - 100K customers out of power, majority in Napa / Sonoma counties


READ: Times Free Press – Electric co-ops eager to expand broadband connections to rural areas

In the south, power cooperatives who helped bring electricity to rural Tennessee in the 1930’s and ’40’s gear up to do the same again, this time with broadband.
Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and David Callis, president of the Tennessee Electric Coop Association, speak about broadband access in rural areas at the Chattanooga Convention Center Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Photo by Erin O. Smith
MARKETS: NASDAQ –  European investors favor electric utilities over mining, bank stocks
At the recent close of the European trading indices, electric utilities boosted the German markets.
Quick facts: “In Frankfurt, electric utilities companies RWE and E.ON led the DAX higher rising 3.4% and 2.9% respectively, followed by industrial group thyssenkrupp, which climbed 2%.”


READ: Utility Dive – Hawaiian Electric takes first steps to utility-scale commercial energy storage

Lede: Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has big plans for energy storage, but is wary of moving too quickly. The utility is looking for better storage technology and economics before moving too much on deployment.


NEWS: Positively Osceola – KUA linemen head to Puerto Rico to help restore power
Linemen from Florida’s Kissimmee Utility Authority are headed to Puerto Rico this week to aid the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in their efforts to restore power back to the majority of the nation.
OPINION: Utility Dive – What do millennials want from their energy providers?
Millennials are far more willing than non-millennials to pay for renewable energy resources, but also more willing to change providers, if they can get better value and/or better service.

WEBINAR: Novinium – Smart Monitor Series pt. 2 w/ Branko Horvat and Lee

Join the second webinar in our series on the latest manhole environment monitoring technology. Novinium’s own Branko Horvat Jr and Lee Getzewich will teach you:

– Manhole event risk factors, and why they are on the rise nationwide
– How to evaluate manhole event solutions
– How to systematically reduce the risk of manhole events
– How to prevent asset failures and mitigate risk through remote monitoring of environmental and infrastructure data