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“Smart Grids” course features industry experts

I’ve been in the thick of it recently, putting the finishing touches on a new course I’ve designed about smart grids for my students at UT Austin. “Smart Grids” begins in less than two weeks. Back story: During more than … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Powerwall: an expensive option

Tesla’s new Powerwall, a home battery, has been widely reported in the media, and once again Elon Musk has spearheaded a very attractive product. In its press kit, Tesla touts the Powerwall for residential load shifting, backup, and storage of … Continue reading

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Can Nine Attacks Cause National Blackouts?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “U.S. Risks National Blackout From Small-Scale Attack,” describes work that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is doing on the vulnerability of the US power grid. The most disturbing of FERC’s conclusions … Continue reading

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Defending the Grid

According to recent reports by NPR and the Wall Street Journal, last year’s attack on the Metcalf substation in California was not random. Rather, the attackers targeted equipment to disable it after cutting communications lines. Whether or not the result … Continue reading

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