Solar Storms/EMP Threats: Will the Utility Heed the Call?

Posted on: July 3, 2012
"Solar Storms and Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) disturbances have the potential to paralyze critical technologies throughout the world. These can be as sophisticated as the satellites that control the nation's most classified intelligence to the rudimentary act of turning on the lights. Without proper measures, no industry will remain unaffected by ..."

The Prospective Solar Tsunami

Posted on: March 15, 2011
"Different from the past, the upcoming cycle-24 solar maximum is currently surrounded by an unprecedented general expectation. Indeed the so-called solar tsunami has now come to the forefront of interest turning into a household word; what for decades was strictly a scientific matter has now transcended this dominion to fall ..."

Solar Storms: How Much Grid Liability They Imply

Posted on: January 20, 2009
"Our ever-increasing dependence on technology makes the notion of bearing any long-term lack of service from our precious critical infrastructures socially unthinkable. On the other hand, there is an atypical, nature-made scenario which we have been warned may pose a severe challenge to this proposition. Of course the industry is ..."

The Potential for an Effective and Timely Deregulatory Endeavor

Posted on: October 15, 2007
"The whole economy is clearly striving today and its energy sector is no exception. Soaring prices together with the perception of a deteriorating service/product quality contribute to this notion. For the electric power system this trend is particularly worrisome given its vital implications to society. This industry has shown also ..."

The Electric Grid: Society’s Emerging Supercritical Infrastructure

Posted on: August 18, 2006
"This century brings about new elements, which constantly modify well-established paradigms. A good example can be found on the notions of society’s critical infrastructures. The electric grid has been increasingly regarded as very important, typically at the same hierarchy as communications, roadways, water supply, etc. But its emerging critical dimension ..."

Addressing Policy/Institutional Issues in Natural Gas and Electricity

Posted on: April 26, 2005
"The compounding energy crunch, with soaring prices, is calling for a systematic improvement of all the relevant components of the processes involved. This has become an imperative, minding the competitiveness of the manufacturing/service sectors, the consumer, and ultimately society’s welfare. One field where not enough research has taken place is ..."

The Structural Shortcomings of Retail Provider Choice in Distribution

Posted on: July 16, 2004
"As well known, generation was the first business segment where deregulation was attempted. The approach was fostered at the turn of the century by both US federal policy and technological development; a contributing factor to this emerging competition could also be found in the progress of integrated systems such as ..."

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