For some time now, many commercial and government organizations have acknowledged the urgent need to transform into a sustainable, low-carbon society. The inevitability of the energy transition has driven many countries to embark on their own energy transformation journeys. For example, Europe aims to become energy-neutral by 2050 with the EU’s Clean Energy Package, which is intended to facilitate this transition and help the EU stay competitive through this period of change. More...

Utilities face a fundamental dilemma. Due to unprecedented pressure to support the move to an energy-efficient and low-carbon system, they face the paradox of encouraging consumers to consume less of what they sell and distribute—electricity. Their efforts have been quite successful, and with energy efficiency estimated to account for 40% of the contribution to global cumulative CO2 reductions by 2050, they are expected to continue to be as effective. More...

In January this year, what was believed to be a switching mistake at a high-voltage station near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, caused a complete blackout in the capital and a few neighboring cities. This left more than 350,000 people without power for half a day. In December 2015, 230,000 Ukrainian residents experienced a power outage of up to six hours after 60 substations went offline due to a malware attack. While the former was a genuine error, the latter was a targeted cyberattack intended to cause harm to people, property and the economy at large. More...

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