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Dutch agency notes vulnerability of digitisation of the power supply

The digitisation of the power supply will make it vulnerable due to the increasing risk of error in the software, and not only as a result of cyberattacks, reports Telecom Paper, noting a report by the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli). “The digitisation of the power supply is advancing quickly. This is necessary for the use of more sustainable energy sources such as solar panels and windmills, and also for the large-scale application of heat pumps and for the temporary storage of electricity in, for example, car batteries. Due to the increasing complexity of the digital control of the power supply, and also because more and more self-learning and autonomously decisive devices are connected to the grid, new vulnerabilities will arise in the electricity system. The chance of large-scale power outages will therefore increase.”

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) is looking, for example, at having mandatory emergency power facilities for mobile communications sites. But the Dutch party, VVD, expressed concerns on the part of mobile operators regarding costs – the responsibility for the electricity network lies with the network operators and energy companies, and mobile operators do not believe that responsibility should be passed on to the mobile sector. Read more

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

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