Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Senate Bill S. 946 for Improved Grid Security

More and more the grid, smart or otherwise, begins to resemble a giant information system, replete with millions if not billions of nodes and a humongous network permeating almost all of North America. Or if you forget the computational and control system aspect for a second, as the Senator Lieberman's bill introduces it:
The critical electric infrastructure of the United States and Canada has more than $1,000,000,000,000 in asset value, more than 200,000 miles of transmission lines, and more than 800,000 megawatts of generating capability, serving over 300,000,000 people;
There sure are a lot of decimal places to keep track of in all of this. Maybe computers will help with that. Big question is: do you want the smart grid to be more like a Mac, or more like a PC?

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