Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s Emerging Technologies Conference – a two-day affair weighing the operational, cost, and reliability benefits of new substation automation and cloud computing technologies against the risks. Its stated objective was to consider technology integration strategies in the context of regulatory requirements – cyber and physical security, in particular.

Substation automation and cloud computing may be just the technologies to deliver reliable and clean power to North America. Expect their use to grow in 2017, although new challenges in cyber and physical security are sure to arise.