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Vol.3, No.10: March 10, 2014.
A very interesting week on many fronts: As we watched the Oscar awards, there was advanced threat monitoring securing celebrities on Oscar’s red carpet (should this be categorized as critical infrastructure protection?) Haystax Technology integrated its DS7 cloud-based suite of application solutions with LAPD and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center to enhance security during the 86th Academy Awards. The Haystax solution includes apps that supported the field intelligence teams and were used in conjunction with the LAPD high-definition mesh network camera system to monitor multiple Oscars-related functions and parties, including events taking place before and after the recent awards ceremony (More detail in article in Smart Grid section)
BAE Systems unveiled the extent of venomous nature of complex cyber espionage ‘Snake’ operation which has been in development since 2005. The Financial Times reports that Snake has infected dozens of Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the most sophisticated attacks of recent years. (Smart Grid section)
Other (!) Smart Energy news has detail of the President’s 2015 Budget which asks for $27.9 billion for the Energy Department. Secretary Moniz emphasized the President’s continued commitment to a low-carbon future, improved energy infrastructure resilience, U.S. science and technology leadership and stronger national security. (Spotlight)
The EPA has proposed Tier 3 Standards for cars and gasoline . It will reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent – down to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2017.
In the Oil and Gas area, Sen. Murkowski Offers Roadmap for Lifting Ban on Crude Oil Exports and Enbridge received shipper support for a $7 billion investment in their Canadian and U.S. mainline system running from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. (Does not require Presidential approval as it is an existing pipeline)
Lots of more news, but have gone long already, so please keep reading to keep up all the weeks’ developments……………
Question of the Week: Does the EPA Have the Authority to Make the Determination that Partial CCS is the Best Solution for Emission Reduction (BSER) for Emitters (Power Stations)?
Opinion almost evenly divided among 1940 total respondents so far (final results will be published next week)
A couple of representative comments:
- Yes: The Supreme Court gave EPA the authority
- No: EPA is way trespassing into areas Congress never intended
- Small Nuclear Power Stations
- Governor Cuomo Announces $28.6 Million in Awards under NY-Sun
- New York State’s Efforts to Strengthen Electric Power System
- Governors to Work with FERC on Wind Energy
- PJM Renewable Integration Study
- Rep. Peters, Sen. Murphy, Bicameral Coalition, Call on EPA to Reduce ‘Super Pollutant’ Allowances