Author Archives: Constance Douris, M.A.

Automotive Industry Is Racing To Meet Electric Vehicle Demand In China (From Forbes) Last month, China’s government issued new rules that require automotive companies to sell more alternative-energy cars in the country. Beijing also plans to eventually get rid of all internal combustion engines in new cars, maybe as soon as 2030. Thus, [Read More...]
Minuteman III Replacement: Key to Nuclear Deterrence (From RealClearDefense) In order to deter nuclear aggression against its homeland and vital interests, the U.S. must demonstrate that its strategic arsenal is capable of surviving an attack and then retaliating with devastating force against the aggressor. In other words, the losses [Read More...]
How Electric Cars Could Help the Power Grid Become More Efficient, Less Expensive (From Forbes) A recent analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggested that electric vehicles could account for half of all new cars sold by 2040. While electric vehicles consume electricity, they can also export power to the grid as mobile energy storage [Read More...]
Alarmed Allies Prepare to Defend Against North Korea’s Missiles (From RealClearDefense) North Korea’s repeated nuclear and missile tests have caused panic in the region. Japan is frightened because the ballistic missiles are flying over its territory. In addition, North Korea has threatened retaliation in response to military drills, stating that the [Read More...]
Utilities Will Spend Billions on Cybersecurity As Threat Grows The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a report in May identifying products available to enhance the electric grid’s cybersecurity. New technologies employed onto the grid are multiplying the number of access points for cyber threats. At present, consistent [Read More...]
California Presses Grid Operators To Substitute Non-Traditional Sources For New Investment (From Forbes) California’s ambitious environmental policy goals could be easier to achieve with an emerging concept called distributed energy resources. These are small power sources that can be integrated with the electric grid to help meet electricity demand. Examples of distributed resources [Read More...]
Cyber Threat Data Sharing Needs Refinement EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to download the full study as a PDF.  Technologies are being interconnected and integrated onto the nation’s electric grid to decrease weaknesses. However, these physical and computerized elements multiply the number of access points for cyber [Read More...]
Balancing Smart Grid Data and Consumer Privacy EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to download the full study as a PDF Technologies on the electric grid allow for two-way communication and the transfer of data between utilities and customers. Information from the grid enables customers to decrease electricity costs [Read More...]
Electricity Delivery Is An Open Target For Cyber Threats (From The National Interest) The electric grid often utilizes industrial control systems to automate generation, transmission and distribution. As utilities adopt digital technologies to keep up with electricity demand and consumption, cyber attack vulnerabilities increase and new entry points emerge. Many public utilities commissions [Read More...]
Danger! Virus Discovered That Targets America’s Electrical Grid (From The National Interest) Two security firms, ESET and Dragos, released reports about the discovery of a virus that aims to damage equipment on any nation’s electric grid. The virus is called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” and targets computers that control [Read More...]
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