How Smart is the Smart Grid?
      Susan L. Lyon - Of Counsel
                     Spring 2009
The smart grid plan offers
   the hope that it “will save
   us money, protect our
   power sources from
   blackout or at...
How Smart is the
    Smart Grid?
§ What is the Smart Grid ?
§ Who's Building/Funding
  It?
§ Privacy
§ Cybersecurity
§ Int...
Current Grid

§ Massive one-way
  freeway
§ Thousands of
  off-ramps onto
  one-way streets
§ One line down,
  everything
...
Smart Grid
§ Electric grid +
  digital
  communication
§ Efficient
§ Decentralized
§ Collaborative
§ Reliable
§ Greener
§ ...
Who's Building
the Smart Grid?
§ Government &
  Academic
  Institutions
§ Alliances &
  Coalitions
§ Private Industry
Smart Grid Legislation
§ Energy Policy Act of 2005
   § Tech loan guarantees/tax cuts;
   § Daylight savings time changes;...
Smart Grid &
      Privacy

§ Monitor hourly and
  daily energy activity
§ Reach into home to
  adjust energy use
§ Smart ...
Smart Grid &
     Security
§ Spies/Hackers
§ NERC (North American
  Electric Reliability
  Corporation)
§ Cybersecurity Ac...
Intellectual
   Property
§ Avoid Patent "Hold-
  Up" Problems
§ Identify Patents
  Subject of Standards
  adopted as
  Reg...
Electric Regulations
 FERC – Federal Energy Regulatory
   Commission
 § Cyber security
 § Communications
 § “Wide-area sit...
Communications
Regulation
§ FCC Regulation
  § Two-Way
    Communications
  § Radio frequency
    interference,
  § Non-di...
Questions?



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How Smart Is The Smart Grid (Susanlyon I Tech Law09)

  1. 1. How Smart is the Smart Grid? Susan L. Lyon - Of Counsel Spring 2009
  2. 2. The smart grid plan offers the hope that it “will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation.” - President Barack Obama
  3. 3. How Smart is the Smart Grid? § What is the Smart Grid ? § Who's Building/Funding It? § Privacy § Cybersecurity § Intellectual Property § Regulations
  4. 4. Current Grid § Massive one-way freeway § Thousands of off-ramps onto one-way streets § One line down, everything downstream affected § Knowledge lo-tech
  5. 5. Smart Grid § Electric grid + digital communication § Efficient § Decentralized § Collaborative § Reliable § Greener § Secure
  6. 6. Who's Building the Smart Grid? § Government & Academic Institutions § Alliances & Coalitions § Private Industry
  7. 7. Smart Grid Legislation § Energy Policy Act of 2005 § Tech loan guarantees/tax cuts; § Daylight savings time changes; § Commercial building energy deductions § Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 § Modernize electricity grid; § Increased mpgs; § Hybrid and biofuel incentives; § American Recovery & Reinvestment Act § $11 billion - Smart Grid; § $50.3 billion - other energy
  8. 8. Smart Grid & Privacy § Monitor hourly and daily energy activity § Reach into home to adjust energy use § Smart appliances § Share usage data
  9. 9. Smart Grid & Security § Spies/Hackers § NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) § Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S.773) § Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 2195 & S. 946)
  10. 10. Intellectual Property § Avoid Patent "Hold- Up" Problems § Identify Patents Subject of Standards adopted as Regulation § Obtain Broad License Agreements
  11. 11. Electric Regulations FERC – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission § Cyber security § Communications § “Wide-area situational awareness” monitor & operate § Coordinate operation of bulk power system with new & emerging technologies for § renewable resources, § demand resources, § electricity storage and § electric transportation systems.
  12. 12. Communications Regulation § FCC Regulation § Two-Way Communications § Radio frequency interference, § Non-discrimination, § Network management regulation, § Privacy concerns
  13. 13. Questions? slyon@perkinscoie.com digestiblelaw.com • Twitter @susanlyon Facebook Pages • Linked-In

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