25 Jan '12, 3pm

Smart Grid Initiatives Address Cyber Security, Renewable Energy Intermittency

“If renewables are owned by the utility, you’re probably ok, in terms of them being under the utility [security] umbrella. If they are not part of the utility, then you could have a problem, you just don’t know,” said Ken Geisler, director of business strategy for Siemens Smart Grid Division. “What extends the threat surface with renewables is that the utility doesn’t own it,” added Jeff Meyers, a smart grid strategy and development expert for Telvent Energy . With exceptions in Europe and isolated areas of the U.S., such as West Texas, the Pacific Northwest and parts of California, green energy grids don’t yet provide enough of a utility’s baseload power to be a prime target for an attack. But even before green grids could become a target for malefactors, the European Union is working to address potential problems in its Smart Grid Committee. Laurent Schmitt, vice preside...

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