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New NRRI Cyber Paper Helps Regulators Better Understand Threats and Cybersecurity Technologies

Lewis Turner Jr

Cyber vulnerabilities and threats across the utility landscape are the focus of a new National Regulatory Research Institute research paper. The report aims help regulators understand the threats, while explaining how utilities can minimize and assess costs associated with mitigation strategies. In the NRRI Insights paper, “Understanding Cyber Attacks and Available Cybersecurity Technologies,” authors Karen Wayland, Peter Fischer and Chuck Louisell describe how various technologies that produce and transmit data through connections to the grid create increased cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  The growing connectivity between the grid and customer devices increases cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and broadens the threat landscape by expanding the number...

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NARUC's Letter - Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Lewis Turner Jr

NARUC's Letter - Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners recently sent letters to both the U.S. House and Senate. The letter addressed the need for congress to eliminate the ceiling for private activity bonds that support investment in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure.

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Public Service Announcement in regards to Books in general

Lewis Turner Jr

Consider this a PSA from your friendly local bookstore. We want to let you know about potential supply issues as we head towards the Holiday shopping season. There is a real concern in the industry about the availability of some popular titles that folks will be looking for in November and December. There’s a perfect storm brewing due to a number of factors

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Michigan and Gas Delivery Rates

Phillip Cross

Michigan and Gas Delivery Rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase of $143,531,000 for Consumers Energy Co. gas customers. It also approved a return on common equity (ROE) of 9.9%. Consumers had sought an increase of about $229 million in its retail rates for natural gas distribution over rates that were approved in August 2018 when the Commission approved a Consumers gas rate increase of $10.6 million. In awarding the significant increase on the heals of an earlier hike, it pointed out that Consumers Energy is expected to increase gas transmission and distribution infrastructure investments, accelerate the removal of at-risk lines...

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Replacing Lead Water Service Lines in Pennsylvania

Phillip Cross

Replacing Lead Water Service Lines in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has adopted a settlement with Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) approving the company’s plan to replace customer-owned lead service pipelines (LSPs) and recover associated costs. It said that the agreement puts in place the first such plan granted by the commission under a new state law aimed at finding a cost-effective way to replace LSPs in conjunction with the company’s main and company-owned LSP replacement program while avoiding health and safety concerns associated with partial lead service line replacements. The commission explained that a partial lead service line replacement may not significantly reduce the lead...

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