February 2019
Defending the Enemy
by Bonnie Biocchi, Executive Director

Defense wins the game. The New England Patriots proved this old axiom during Sunday’s 13-3 Superbowl win over the Rams. Despite the obvious joy and justifiable pride that we feel in New England, there are still a lot of haters in the rest of the country. Papers across the nation called it a “boring game” and “an ugly win” because A) the Patriots won again, and who can stand that? and B) the offense was nearly non-existent for the first 3½ quarters. 

That got me to thinking about the value of a good defense and how the unique combination of brilliant strategy, dogged preparation, constant vigilance and flawless execution must be exercised to prevent defeat. Although we’ve become accustomed to the exciting, no huddle, hard-charging, surgical strike offense that the Patriots are known for, we should not forget that it wasn’t too long ago that putting 40 points on the board was necessary to achieve a win. For many years, the Patriot’s defense was nothing to write home about. That has all changed, and Tom Brady’s 6 th ring is the result. The best offense is a good defense. 

It is often like that for Public Power. Every day our industry is called upon to “do their job”. Whether it is designing a SCADA system, restoring power quickly during an outage, adopting new technology, resolving cyber security issues, or engaging in Mutual Aid, our industry goes to work and gets the job done, creating a “win” for the people we serve. It isn’t necessarily flashy, but it is critical work. 
Recently I was invited to join the Cyber Resiliency Working group for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our goal is to identify cyber risks, develop a plan to mitigate potential cyber-attacks and create a response plan to ensure resilience. In other words, we expect to prepare for the worst and develop an overarching strategy that will keep our infrastructure functioning should a cyber attack occur. This is no easy feat, as the threats grow and morph on a daily basis, and hackers have no respect for the common rules of engagement. The energy industry is number 1 or two on the list of vulnerable infrastructure.

Strategy, preparation and vigilance will help us win the day. Creating a strong defensive network, both within our individual systems and through regional cooperation will be important to preventing the 3 rd down conversions of our opponents. It can be grinding work, but in the words of Superbowl MVP Julian Edelman, “I’ll take that ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”

If you have thoughts about how to ensure public power’s cyber resiliency, please let me know. Your experience, training and defensive techniques will be important to this discussion. In true Belichick fashion, let’s makes sure our defense will be able to win the game. As this year’s Superbowl champs proved, claiming a victory isn’t always easy, but it is always sweet!
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Final Rule Issued on OSHA Forms 300 & 301
January 24, 2019 (Washington, DC) To protect worker privacy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule  that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). For more information click here to access the final rule.
December 18, 2018 (Belmont, MA) Frosty the Snowman was at the Belmont Light office during the recent Winter Solstice celebration, where he greeted members of the Gupta, Roy and Durukkar families along with General Manager Chris Roy, back right.

 Many who attended the event donated a new or very gently used blanket, bedspread, comforter, or quilt to Mission of Deeds to help share the warmth with others in need.
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Delegation to Germany on Grid Modernization
May 6 - 9, 2019
The role of distribution grids is evolving. Regulators and distribution grid operators face an array of unprecedented responsibilities and opportunities, associated with the rapid increase of intermittent distributed energy sources, new digital technologies, and demand response.

With the goal to better understand and navigate a new reality of grid operation needs, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invites you to participate in a transatlantic thought leader exchange. The trip is part of a broader scale effort to strengthen the energy cooperation between our countries, encourage the exchange of ideas, and build energy transition policy expertise.


OMCIRON's 4th Annual Northeast Power and Energy Conference (NEPEC)

OMICRON and the University of Maine have announced that registration is now open for the 4 th Annual Northeast Power and Energy Conference (NEPEC). The event will be held on March 19-21, 2019 in Portland, Maine at the Westin Hotel.
 
Registration deadline is March 5, 2019. 

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