POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for June 9, 2016

Using analog technology to safeguard the grid; Smartphone apps to show power availability and prices


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee is proposing installing analog technology into the grid to safeguard the country’s electric system. Senator Angus King of Maine, one of the four lawmakers behind the bill, says that using analog technology would reduce the chances of an attack as the equipment would need to be physically accessed. Lloyds of London estimates that an attack on the nation’s power grid could lead to economic losses ranging from $243 billion up to $1 trillion.
  • In India, smartphone apps are helping to bring power to 1.3 billion people. The apps display power supply and prices with an aim for transparency and a reduction in the country’s blackouts.
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