Australia’s telco and energy sectors agree to boost infrastructure resiliency

Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.

Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.

The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.

The report found that during the period from 19 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, only 3% of tower outages were due to fire damage, and of the 1,390 total facilities that were impacted by the fires outages, only 1% of incidents were a direct result of fire damage.

See also: Twitter bots and trolls promote conspiracy theories about Australian bushfires  

Similar findings were disclosed by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia. In June, NBN revealed in response to Senate Estimates Question on Notice that bushfires impacted 1% of all NBN services.

“12% (or 6,367 services) of all services impacted were directly impacted by fire over the duration of the bushfires,” the company said at the time.

“The remaining services were impacted by power outages as a result of the bushfires.”

The federal government has previously announced it would spend AU$37.1 million to improve the resiliency of the nation’s

COVID-19 testing site at Alliant Energy Center reopens, long lines reported

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MADISON, Wis. — The COVID-19 testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the closure around 1 p.m. citing a computer issue.

About an hour later, the agency sent another tweet saying the computer system was up and running again, but slowly.

Testing resumed with the computer system back up, but long lines were reported.

Dane County deputies are allowing people to park and wait if they choose, the post said.

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Why AI Is Our Best Bet To Save Green Energy In The US

KEY POINTS

  • Global energy investment topped $2 trillion last year and the International Energy Agency estimates that China needs to add the equivalent of today’s U.S. power system to its electricity infrastructure by 2040, while India needs the equivalent of the European Union’s.
  • Average American household power interruptions totaled six hours in 2018, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics, up threefold from 2013 when reliability data was first collected.
  • Policymakers and business leaders will need to ensure their responses to the dawning AI revolution are smart, practical and, most importantly, ethical. 

The devastation wrought by wildfires along the U.S. west coast in recent days has exposed a fundamental flaw in the adoption of green energy: without digital innovation to create smart grids, clean energy is a green illusion.

Across the globe, hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent each year on wind and solar power projects to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming, widely blamed for the increasing intensity and frequency of the heatwaves and wildfires seen so far this year, not only in the U.S., but also in Argentina, Australia, parts of the Arctic, the Amazon and central Asia.

The unprecedented carnage is heartbreaking. It serves as yet another warning of the need to address global warming, an existential threat that will be with us long after the current pandemic. Sadly, however, few living outside of California will have noticed the rolling electricity blackouts of recent weeks that have left millions of residents sweltering in the dark for hours at a time, compounding the misery of the wildfires.

In its haste to lead the global fight against climate change, the Golden State sprinted to replace dependable natural gas power generation plants with large-scale wind and solar farms, without the digital innovation necessary to ensure

FuelCell Energy Climbs on Report of DoE Contract

FuelCell Energy  (FCEL) – Get Report was climbing Friday after the clean-power producer and storage company said it had been awarded an $8 million contract by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Shares of the Danbury, Conn., company at last check were up 6.7% to $2.54. 

FuelCell Energy said the contract supports design and manufacture of a SureSource electrolysis platform that can produce hydrogen.

The project will be the first multistack electrolysis system produced with its solid oxide technology.

The system will be equipped with an option to receive thermal energy, thus increasing the electrolysis electrical efficiency to more than 90%.

After the system is designed and built at the FuelCell Energy’s Danbury facility, it will be delivered to Idaho National Laboratories for testing.

“This highly efficient electrolysis platform is expected to provide much needed flexibility to base-load nuclear power generation,” the company said in a statement. 

“Additionally, beyond validating the efficiency performance levels, this demonstration project will accelerate the control schemes and integration design.”

The project, the statement continued, “represents a key step in FuelCell Energy’s path to commercialize its high efficiency solid oxide electrolysis technology.”

Electrolysis technology can support the hydrogen economy by providing carbon-free, clean hydrogen for transportation, power generation, agriculture and other industrial applications, the company said.

The awarding of contracts has been an issue for the company recently.

Earlier in the week, FuelCell Energy said it “emphatically denies” allegations made by a short seller that it had lost two contract awards.

Meanwhile, J.P. Morgan analyst Paul Coster began coverage of the company’s stock Thursday with an overweight rating and $3 price target, saying FuelCell Energy is set to “pivot into profitability.” They shares jumped 10% on Thursday.

Siemens Energy Announces New AI-Driven Cybersecurity Monitor and Detection Service for the Energy Industry

  • MDR, powered by Eos.ii™, helps secure the energy transition for small and medium-sized energy companies from the increasing threat of cyberattacks

  • The service’s Eos.ii technology platform and OT security operations center monitors and detects potential cyberthreats in real-time 

Siemens Energy today announced a new artificial intelligence (AI)-based industrial cybersecurity service, Managed Detection and Response (MDR), powered by Eos.ii, to help small and medium-sized energy companies defend critical infrastructure against cyberattacks. MDR’s technology platform, Eos.ii, leverages AI and machine learning methodologies to gather and model real-time energy asset intelligence. This allows Siemens Energy’s cybersecurity experts to monitor, detect and uncover attacks before they execute. Armed with actionable insights from MDR’s technology platform, Siemens Energy’s cybersecurity experts implement precise defense measures in the company’s state-of-the-art operational technology-security operations center (OT-SOC) to defend power generation, oil and gas, renewable energy, and transmission and distribution customers.

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“As the digital revolution transforms the energy industry, industrial operating environments are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks,” said Leo Simonovich, Head of Industrial Cybersecurity at Siemens Energy. “MDR, powered by Eos.ii, is the first AI-driven cybersecurity monitoring solution to proactively detect and prevent cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure for all operating environments before attackers strike.”

With the industrial cybersecurity expertise and proprietary detection technologies from Siemens Energy, MDR is able to collect raw information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) data from across an industrial operating environment, and then translate – and contextualize – it in real time.

This provides a unified picture of anomalous behavior for defenders with actionable insights to stop attacks. Siemens Energy’s MDR system goes beyond conventional monitoring by achieving a deeper understanding of how digital systems relate to the real world. With its unified OT and IT data