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Naperville prepares for smart grid open house

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, February 09, 2012

The city of Naperville, Illinois, has announced it will host a neighborhood open house for any electric utility customers interested in the changes that will come as the smart grid rollout begins in their community, the Naperville Sun Times reports.

The event will feature several stations where residents can talk with smart grid experts about the upcoming $22 million project, which will be funded in part by federal grant money allocated solely for the deployment of the smart grid. Naperville officials say the change, which will entail overhauling the city's antiquated electric infrastructure and modernizing it with new technology, will include the installation of 57,000 smart meters in homes and businesses around town.

Some concern has arisen among citizens that data sent over the network will not be secure, however city officials have asserted that cyber security measures are in place to keep data from being hacked.

As more utilities begin to implement smart grid technology, they will need to comply with stringent NERC CIP regulations. SUBNET works with utilities to ensure compliance by leveraging existing assets and using established corporate IT policies. 

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