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Presenter: Evolution of the OT/IT Environment in the Utility

Presentation Date: Mar 2018, Power & Energy Automation Conference (PEAC) hosted by the Energy Systems Innovation Center at Washington State University (WSU)

Abstract: The culture of utility Operations Technology (OT) extends back to the origin of the industry since first was started with Edison over a hundred years ago. For many decades, mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment was installed with the purpose to function remotely and efficiently for decades, with very little growth in the technology. Meanwhile, compared to the long existence of the Electric Utility Industry, the Information Technology (IT) digital environment is relatively new. One advantage of the IT industry is that it has been built upon the strengths of other more recent industries, in which equipment is built with the intention of having a much shorter service life, so that equipment will keep pace with advancements in technology. The evolution of these two environments has required the need for both engineers and IT professionals to develop and apply new approaches to overcome the differences of each culture. This effort has been necessary to achieve the positive results that the two environments bring into today’s utility system.


Presented By:

James Moralez, P.E., Maxwood Solutions


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Co-Presenter: Considerations for Securing Today’s Substations – A Utility Point of View

Published October 2016, Co-Presented at the Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI) Substation Security Best Practices Conference

Evolving drivers ranging from increased regulatory requirements, influences of both international and growing domestic terrorism, electronic intrusion (hacking), to today’s drones and future threat vectors, make it difficult for an electric utility to determine what steps, measures, and systems should be put in place for securing remote electric utility substations, perimeters, and control shelters. This presentation discusses considerations for developing a proper utility security solution, that will support the business and governance, while allowing field personnel the work unimpeded. 

Co-Presented by:

James Moralez, P.E.

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Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Asset Monitoring and Status – A Proposed Solution Architecture

Presentation Date: Oct 2010, Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) Conference 

As utilities advanced from analog to digital, network communications provided us with the potential to retrieve data from equipment within a substation and send it back to a centralized operation center or engineer’s desktop. 


Previously, the ability to monitor substation equipment remotely did not exist. Now both the engineer and maintenance technician can execute near real-time resolution without the need of a truck roll, thus saving significant resources.


Unfortunately, for many substations, mechanical, electro-mechanical, analog or digital equipment conversions and upgrades take place very infrequently or not at all.


Conversely, for many integrators and engineers, low cost network technology has provided an alternative solution in the interim as we wait for substation technology upgrades to complete.



James Morales, P.E.

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Moderator: ESIC 2020 Summit National Policy and Regulatory Landscape Panel,

5 March 2020, Seattle Seatac Marriott


ESIC 2020 Summit Theme: GRID RESILIENCE - The Intersection of the Utility Business Model, Regulatory Policy, and Incident Response

Theme Summary: The continued delivery of reliable and safe electric power is critical to our economy and society. This paramount responsibility is imperiled by fundamental changes in generation dynamics, load diversity, customer demands, and shareholder expectations. At the same time utilities are searching for even greater service reliability and resilience to all system perturbations.  Join us for a half-day conversation to explore this complex landscape and engage with utility leaders, policy experts, and technology visionaries. You will be enlightened, encouraged, engaged, and empowered.


Regulatory Panel: David Danner, Chair, WUTC and Member, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment; Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, WUTC and Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity; Jay Balasbas, Commissioner, WUTC, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Chair, NARUC Committee for Pipeline Safety; Richard Mroz, Sr. Adviser, Protection Our Power, New Jersey Commissioner Emeritus and Member, US DOE Electric Advisory Committee.


Presented By:

James Moralez, P.E., Maxwood Solutions


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Presentation: The Migration and Integration of Network Communications into Legacy Substations, March 2018


Based on the whitepaper of the same name presented at the 2018 Power & Energy Automation Conference (PEAC) hosted by the Energy Systems Innovation Center at Washington State University

Abstract: While today’s substation engineers and operators drive the need and requirement for additional operational and non-operational data from substation equipment, the telecommunications industry is driving data communications needed within a substation, towards Ethernet-based communications networks. As a result, a transition is taking place from legacy communication channels such as leased circuits, Time Division Multiplexed Synchronous Optical NETetworks (TDM SONET) multiplexers and rings, over to Ethernet packet-based wide-area networks (WANs). This paper describes the various impacts that a utility can expect between OT and IT departments, the interface to existing legacy systems, and the planning that is involved with a migration.

Presented by:

James Moralez, P.E., Maxwood Solutions

Clint Struth, P.Eng., SCI Networks Inc

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