By Kristen Wright, senior editor Cloud computing is worth the investment, but some utility information is too sensitive to be kept in the cloud, four chief information officers (CIOs) of major investor-owned utilities told Electric Light & Power magazine. The executives--Xcel Energy Vice President and CIO Dave Harkness, NV Energy Vice President and CIO Kevin Judice, Southern California Edison (SCE) Vice President and CIO Todd Inlander, and Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) CIO Doug Myers--met for a priv
No matter how surprising, outlandish, or even impossible it may seem, one of the next challenges of modern applied mathematics is the modeling of human behaviors. This has nothing to do, however, with the control of minds. Rather, thanks to its innate reductionism, mathematics is expected to help shed some light on those intricate decision-based mechanisms which lead people to produce, mostly unconsciously, complex collective trends out of relatively elementary individual interactions.
While public policies influence innovation in many ways, over the years new technologies have emerged chiefly from the private sector. The same can be said for innovation in the electricity field. Rather than top-down government mandates, or utility-driven central generation developments, most innovation in electricity is about customer-sited, distributed energy solutions that empower customers. The accelerating pace at which improved technologies and new business models are emerging is bringing the transition to a low-carbon economy within reach. There are three specific areas that in combination promise to be powerful enablers for the shift to a sustainable energy future.
BOSTON (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected,
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