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ELP Volume 91 Issue 3

Enhancing outage communications, Part 2

For the next several issues, this column will focus on enhancing outage communications. This topic is top of mind for customers, utilities and regulators.

Industrywide cybersecurity standards emerging through voluntary framework

Reported cyberattacks on utility sector control systems increased more than 50 percent in 2012. The energy and water sectors represented most of those reported attacks.

Geospatially aware analytics poised to help utilities optimize billions in assets

The original geospatial application, geographic information systems (GIS), has evolved from software for drawing maps to a location-aware, anytime, anywhere, decision support engine.

Expansion, new groups drive momentum

CS Week is the educational result of a yearlong reinvigoration that invites leaders, specialists and top speakers to tackle issues, challenges and opportunities.

KCP&L is lighting up social media

For 85 years, residents of Kansas, Missouri and beyond have gathered on Thanksgiving night for the annual Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City to watch thousands of lights mark the holiday season.

Social media powers Unitil’s communications strategy

In 2012, more than 200,000 people attended, and more than 200,000 watched on TV and online. Many Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) customers travel with their families every year to participate in the lighting ceremony.

Smart buildings 2.0–Business continuity drives microgrids for corporate campuses

One could argue that building automation and the utility-to-commercial building space--let's call it Smart Buildings 1.0--has matured.

Wave, tidal energy could grow in US

Marine renewable energy sources such as wave and tidal power are poised to become an important part of the U.S. future clean energy mix.

Coal’s slow burn

Anticipated coal-fired plant retirements spurred by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and persistent low natural gas prices continue to increase.

Perhaps it’s time to redefine smart grid

Despite substantial increases in smart grid investment during the past several years, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. grid the same D+ rating this year as it did in its previous assessment four years ago.