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The web of wires connecting thousands of power plants to supply hundreds of millions of Americans is vulnerable to more than cyber attacks. A rise in physical attacks has also caused significant disruptions and losses.
Fifty-four of the 56 entities eligible for year one federal grants applied, and 10 have fulfilled the second part of the process by submitting their cybersecurity plans. A notice of funding opportunity is expected year two in the spring.
Unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, are increasingly being used to inspect power infrastructure. The devices remove many of the potential hazards that accompany human inspections.
The Japanese carmaker has teamed up with Oncor, a Dallas-based utility provider, to research how energy can be pulled from an electric car’s battery and put back into the electric grid when it is under strain.
An ad campaign that began in late summer has been reupped to educate drone pilots about the dangers posed by electrical lines and power infrastructure. An influx of the devices is expected over the holidays.
A new partnership between EPB and California-based Qubitekk will allow private companies, government and university researchers to test quantum equipment and applications in an established fiber-optic environment.
Forth is developing a free online learning portal for cities, counties and other organizations looking for resources around how to plan and develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Airports are increasingly turning to cutting-edge technologies to meet their daily operational needs. These initiatives serve as real-world tests and economic drivers in the communities the airports serve.
The Duluth-based Minnesota Power said it will add up to 700 megawatts of renewable energy to its power generating portfolio. It's a considerable increase over the 300 megawatts of solar and wind it initially proposed.
The city-owned electric utility, EPB, has announced a new Internet service that can boost residential speeds and strengthen parental controls. The service, Smart Net Plus, was made available to customers this fall.
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