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Hacking The Grid: Rural Colorado And The Realities Of Cybersecurity

Steve Metheny, of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, illustrates the utility's back-up to the back-up, a floor to ceiling map of their service area and infrastructure.

Cybersecurity experts like to divide the world into two categories: Those who have been hacked, and those who have been hacked but just don’t know it yet. As the electric grid gets digitized, it becomes increasingly vulnerable to hackers. We know hackers are getting onto the grid. So how big of a threat do they really pose? Continue Reading →

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To Mine Or Not To Mine? Is That The Question?

A sign hanging at the "Stop New Energy Taxes" rally.

As part of a series of listening sessions held across the country, representatives from the Bureau of Land Management recently came to Gillette, Wyo., to meet with residents about the agency's federal coal program. The meeting quickly turned into an impassioned discussion about the future of the coal industry. Janice Schneider, with the Department of the Interior, said the agency was looking for comments on “how the Bureau of Land Management can best manage its coal resources." The other issue was whether or not the BLM should charge coal companies higher royalties for coal mined on federal land. Independent studies have found that coal companies may not be charged enough for federal coal. Continue Reading →

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Military Marches Forward With Microgrids

North of Greeley, CO near the border of WY. Nearby the future site of the Niobrara Energy Park, The developer calls it "the world's largest planned microgrid."

The aging United States electricity grid is facing an increasing number of threats, ranging from severe weather events to solar flares to cyber terrorism. It’s something the U.S. military is taking seriously, helping lead the way in the development of smaller and more secure grids – known as microgrids. Continue Reading →

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