The Energy Exchange: An EnerNex Podcast

Season 2 Episode #1 | It’s All About Telecommunications

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Season 2 Episode #3 | Cybersecurity – Are We Really Prepared?
Cybersecurity is at the front of mind for many utility operators, IT specialists, and has risen to the level of importance for many utilities that actually have a Chief Information Security Officer. While there is a growing need to have access to more field assets in the grid, the result is that we now expose more potential threat vectors. Secure devices, secure communication links and secure systems are many of the typical tools that utilities employ to thwart the potential for intrusion. There is a significant difference between IT Security and OT security. On this episode, we hear from Andrew Ginter, VP of Industrial Security with Waterfall Security. The author of two books, SCADA Security: What's Broken and How To Fix It (the red book) and Secure Operations Technology (the black book) and is the host of The Industrial Security Podcast series. To download the brief on this topic, visit:
November 21, 2019
Season 2 Episode #2 | The Path Forward for Resiliency: From Policy to Simulation
EnerNex Senior Consultant Sean Morash brings on special guests Rob Gramlich with Grid Strategies and Ryan Hruska with Idaho National Laboratory to talk resiliency in the electric power sector. This topic has been widely discussed for many years, seemingly coming to a head in 2018 as Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry questioned whether a shift was necessary in evaluating our resource generation mix in the light of resilience and national security. Utilities and other entities are considering how to plan and include resiliency amid their operations, planning, and general business processes. In this episode, we hear from Rob and Ryan on why resiliency is important, how we plan for it and a forward-looking perspective on what’s next for the electric sector, as well as other critical infrastructure sectors. To download the 2-page brief on this topic, visit:
September 25, 2019
Season 2 Episode #1 | It’s All About Telecommunications
On this first episode of The Energy Exchange Season 2, EnerNex Vice President Ron Chebra interviews Joy Ditto, President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), to discuss the importance and dependence the energy industry has on reliable, scalable and secure telecommunications for virtually every operational aspect of a utility. With the transitions taking place and a rapidly changing landscape of options, how is a utility able to do both short-term decision-making and deal with mitigation of operations previously dependent on legacy services, while still maintaining the highest level of availability and cyber protection? How does the telecom service roadmap, driven by consumer demand for higher bandwidth services and more streaming services, impact the plans that utilities must rely on for day-to-day operations? In addition, Joy shares the actions UTC is taking to raise the industry concerns regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to change the rules for a critical spectrum band utilities and other critical-infrastructure industries use for mission-critical communications. As Joy describes, this plan, if approved as proposed, will negatively impact critical operations for electric, gas and water utilities.
August 26, 2019
Episode #12 | The Best of The Energy Exchange Season 1
As we conclude Season 1 of The Energy Exchange, host Ron Chebra gives listeners an overview of what's been covered featuring clips from our guests and adding commentary on some of the most interesting topics in the electric power industry: big data analytics, enterprise architecture, pre-pay, standards and more. Listen in to the highlight reel and get a preview of what's to come in Season 2. 
May 30, 2019
Episode #11 | Accelerating Standardization and Interoperability: The Wi-Sun Alliance Approach
Wi-SUN Alliance: A global ecosystem of member companies seeking to accelerate the implementation of open standards-based Field Area Networks (FAN) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Host and EnerNex Vice President Ron Chebra talks with Phil Beecher, President and CEO of Wi-Sun Alliance, on interoperability, security, the process of testing and certification, and how the Alliance has created an ecosystem of capable devices as the most widely deployed IoT network technology in the world. With more than 91 million Wi-SUN capable devices awarded globally, Beecher comments on its growing success as service providers and city developers deploy new IoT applications and services for smart cities and utilities.
May 2, 2019
Episode #10 | Big Data Analytics and the Brilliant Grid
This episode of The Energy Exchange is focused on data connectivity between applications and the information it generates that goes beyond Big Data and Smart Algorithms, as well as how IT plays a key role in using the information received from connected systems. Anyone who has purchased an item, or even just simply looked at certain items online, has experienced the magic of related suggestions for purchase that are pushed to us by various search engines. This type of customer predictive behavior is only one example of how and what we do is noted, recorded, analyzed and acted upon. In looking at what the electric utility business is doing with the vast amount of available data, it is often hard to envision how this can be transformed into meaningful and actionable tactics. To help us better understand the potential of mining data, host Ron Chebra gains insight from Jerry Sullivan.
April 2, 2019
Episode #9 | Behind the Door of OpenADR
OpenADR is an open, highly secure, and two-way information exchange protocol and global Smart Grid standard supporting grid modernization efforts around the world. Host Ron Chebra of EnerNex gains insight from Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance, on the history of the OpenADR standard– how it started in California but has now come into the global market to enable utilities and aggregators to cost-effectively manage growing energy demand and decentralized energy production, and customers to control their energy future. Rolf gives an update on the adoption for OpenADR 2.0 and other initiatives the Alliance is exploring.
March 8, 2019
Episode #8 | Taking Knowledge to the Next Generation
 While at DistribuTECH 2019, Host Ron Chebra had the opportunity to interview Rick Bush, T&D World and Mark Johnson, Utility Analytics Institute and talk about the next generation of engineers in our industry - how to make an environment where they want to work and play. Plus, they chat about how to ensure we don't create a swamp out of the data we're collecting. All that and more in this episode.  
February 15, 2019
Episode #7 | On the DTECH 2019 Show Floor with Teresa Hansen
Live from the DistribuTECH 2019 show floor: EnerNex host Ron Chebra interviews Teresa Hansen, Vice President of Content at Clarion Events and Chair of the DistribuTECH advisory committee. What's her take on the buzzwords and hot topics from this year's show and what are the goals for DTECH 2020.  
February 8, 2019
Episode #6 | Cost Benefit Analysis – Science or Art?
Take a listen as EnerNex Vice President of Grid Modernization Ron Chebra along with special guest Mark Everette, CEO of MWE Consulting, explore the nuances and challenges of building a solid and defensible Cost Benefit Analysis for grid modernization investments. Given the track record of a number of programs, regulators and others are asking for more concrete evidence of investment efficacy. As a result, many utilities now need to offset program costs with even more tangible, identifiable and measurable benefits. 
January 10, 2019
Episode #5 | AMI and More: Realizing the Full Opportunity of Communications
As the utility industry looks to gain more information at the edge of the distribution network, the need to capture, analyze and act upon sensor data presents a unique opportunity to leverage assets and infrastructures that may already be in place. This is the vision that an AMI system seeks to achieve. While many utilities have deployed this technology, we are now beginning to see leading companies execute on this goal. EnerNex host Ron Chebra interviews Glenn Pritchard, Manager of Advanced Grid Operations & Technology at PECO, about his experiences with bringing convergence of information over the AMI communications infrastructure.
December 4, 2018
Episode #4 | Enterprise Analytics: From Vision to Reality
Today utilities have the potential to harvest a wealth of information to help them better understand, analyze and control the grid. We’re at the beginning of experiencing the explosive area of Grid of Things, where devices not only perform their fit for purpose design, but are a critical part of a holistic mesh of interconnectedness to more effectively deliver safe and reliable electric service. The plethora of data that is being captured not only needs to be structured, organized, and accessed but also to be analyzed to truly extract greater value. The challenge now is not how to gather data, but rather what to do with all of it. Join host and EnerNex Vice President Ron Chebra in this episode of The Energy Exchange as he explores this topic with special guest Raiford Smith, Vice President of Energy Technology and Analytics at Entergy.
November 1, 2018
Episode #3 | Designing the Enterprise for Grid Modernization
This episode explores the challenges and needs utilities have in developing a good foundational solutions architecture that is flexible and extensible enough to support many of their grid modernization programs. Many leading utilities have developed and implemented an established process and methodology to help ensure their investments are done in a holistic and orchestrated manner. For insight on real-life experiences, VP Ron Chebra of EnerNex interviews special guests: Jerry Casarella, Enterprise Architect at PSE&G and Kay Stefferud, Director of Implementation Services at EnerNex.
October 10, 2018
Episode #2 | Pre-Pay – Hitting an Inflection Point
This episode of The Energy Exchange is all about the pre-payment movement within utilities. What are the drivers, motivators, benefits and societal impacts of these pre-pay programs? EnerNex VP Ron Chebra explores the topic with special guests David Elve, CMO and EVP of PayGo, and Scott Whitmire, a member of Georgia Power’s Enterprise Planning and Strategic Support group within the Customer Service Organization.
September 6, 2018
Episode #1 | Reliability, Resiliency and Response
In this first episode of The Energy Exchange, host and EnerNex VP Ron Chebra covers the topic of: Reliability, Resiliency and Response. Hear from special guests: Teresa Hansen, Editor-in-Chief of Electric Light & Power and PowerGrid International and Chair of the advisory committee for DistribuTECH; Jason Handley, Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations with Duke Energy; and Scott Rogers, Senior Vice President of Technology Integration with ECI Consulting.
June 14, 2018
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