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Wednesday, October 20 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Problem of the Power Grid

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In Ted Koppel's 2015 book he outlined challenges to the United States power grid. Koppel identified 4 areas of concern that could take down large portions of the power grid for long periods of time. These are: 1) Physical Attack; 2) Cyber Attack; 3) Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) and 4) Coronal Mass Ejection. Koppel also identifies problems with our aging grid, a lack fundamental knowledge regarding numbers of very large transformers (VLT) embedded within the US power grid and the difficulty in maintaining the US power grid even if no nefarious attacks occur. I will lead a discussion outlining my interpretation of Lights Out. This will first focus on the problem areas identified by Koppel. To conclude I will propose that the only course open to our Utah community will be to identify policy actions addressing each area of concern and contemplate which policy makers can be approached and how policy change may be accomplished.

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James Stewart

CTO, UETN
James L. Stewart has 40 years of experience working in the technology profession. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the state-wide Utah Education and TeleHealth Network (UETN) organization and has been working directly the past 21 years supporting technology for... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
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