4 good reads (and a bonus) from the smart grid world

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Itron CEO talks smart grids and cities, big data, China, and water

Xconomy featured an interview with Philip Mezey, who took over as CEO at Itron at the start of the year. He provides an interesting perspective on a number of topics, for instance, when asked by Benjamin Romano about the best international markets for smart grid, he said:

 

“The most exciting opportunity right now is post-Fukushima Japan. The Japanese government has committed to implementing smart meters as a load-control program to deal with their significant shortage of electricity as a result of shutting down a large number of nuclear power plants. Tokyo Electric Power has publicly stated their intent and has issued tender documents to let what will be the world’s largest smart metering project. And when I say world’s largest, I always caveat outside of China. TEPCO itself is 32 million electric meters. Japan total is about 80 to 85 million electric meters, so these are big projects.”

 

Read the full article at Xconomy >>

 

Chinese army unit is seen as tied to hacking against U.S.

We write frequently about electric infrastructure vulnerability to cyber attack, but one of the more sobering pieces to date has to be a new report covered in depth by The New York Times earlier this week that follows the trail of China's cyber warriors. And to bring it home, the Times says:

 

"What most worries American investigators is that the latest set of attacks believed coming from Unit 61398 focus not just on stealing information, but obtaining the ability to manipulate American critical infrastructure: the power grids and other utilities."

 

Read the full article at The New York Times >>

 

If America wants energy innovation, it will have to help fund it

Nancy Pfund and Katie Plichta of DBL Investors wrote an interesting piece that ran at RenewableEnergyWorld.com that takes on those in Washington who argue that America can't afford clean tech subsidies. Taking a historical view, the two argue that "America’s support for energy innovation has helped drive our country’s growth for more than 200 years." They go on to enumerate federal and state policies that are needed to support long-term investment in clean tech so that it will survive.

 

Read the full article at RenewableEnergyWorld.com >>

 

The big bang

Finally, we thought you might be interested in a slide show that Philly.com posted from the KEMA-Powertest lab in Chalfont, Pennsylvania "where they get paid to blow things up." The images show technicians putting a newly refurbished 1 billion volt-amperes short-circuit generator through the paces.

 

Watch the slide show on Philly.com >>

 

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