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Survey suggests moderate growth in smart grid technology and installation



The results of a recent survey show that a majority of executives in the utility, smart grid, and energy sectors believe that investments in smart grid technology will continue to grow through 2012. It is estimated that upwards of 52 million smart meters will be installed in the U.S. by the end of 2012. It is believed by some commentators that utility investments will increase because smart grid technoloy is the best way to manage the complex requirements of renewable integration, government regulation, emissions requirements, and stakeholder demands, all while maintaining the reliability and predictability that customers, employees, and investors expect.


Stimulus Grants Left Power Grid Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks



According to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Energy’s rush to award stimulus grants for projects under the next generation of the power grid, i.d. Smart Grid, “resulted in some firms receiving funds without submitting complete plans for how to safeguard the grid from cyber attacks.” “Officials approved cyber security plans for Smart Grid projects even though some of the plans contained shortcomings that could result in poorly implemented controls,” states the report. “We also found that the Department was focused on quickly disbursig Recovery Act funds that it had not ensured personnel received adequate grants management training.” According to the report, which can be found at, 36% of the grant applications submitted were lacking one or more elements in their cybersecurity plans. The Energy Department generally concurred with the report’s recommendations, but noted “that there are currently no federal or state standards or regulations that mandate cyber security processes or practices for electric distribution systems.”

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