Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2019 Situational Awareness Conference held in Little Rock last September to address the role of SCADA and Energy Management Systems (EMS) in BES reliability. This year’s theme (the seventh since the conference’s inception in 2013) was “Solutions for Emerging Changes”. Its purpose: dealing with the evolving grid.

EMS and SCADA platform capabilities are advancing at a rapid pace, but new cyber and interoperability gaps are emerging just as quickly. Clients must keep patching, alarming, and Operator oversight processes current if performance is to remain at acceptable levels.