21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 4, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation from the March 4, 2015 hearing "The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System," held before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield: "The availability of advanced, user-friendly communications technologies has disrupted the traditional business model for nearly every consumer sector from home entertainment to taxis. The electricity sector is witnessing a similar shift. New innovative products and technologies in the electricity space hold the potential to empower consumers to make smarter decisions in energy usage, while providing new, more efficient and responsive ways to generate and distribute power. As consumer expectations and technology evolve, new business and regulatory models within the electricity sector also may be necessary to better reflect changing market conditions. A more modern and resilient grid will be better positioned to withstand and minimize any impacts resulting from severe weather, cyber-attacks or any other threats to the grid. However, as the grid becomes increasingly reliant on information technology and digital communications devices, thousands of potential new grid access points are being created. While encouraging technology and innovation in the electricity sector should be a priority, policies must ensure that new grid-related products do no leave the grid more exposed or compromise customer information and privacy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Siebel, Dean Kamen, Michael Atkinson, Christopher Christiansen, Joel Ivy, Paul Nahi, and Naimish Patel.

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