Energy executives ‘increasingly concerned over cyber risks’

Leading figures from the energy industry say there are becoming increasingly worried about the threat of cyber attacks to their business

Hackers attack power plant’s safety systems

Hackers have attacked the safety systems of at least one power plant, halting operations. That’s according to technology firm Schneider Electric and security company FireEye, which have as yet declined to disclose the nature or location of the facility. The critical Triconex safety systems, which were developed by Schneider, help industrial control units used in […]

UK joins 130 nations to strengthen nuclear security

The UK has committed to further strengthen global nuclear security with 130 other nations. It has gathered with member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna, where they have pledged to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. In a Ministerial Declaration, the […]

EU and IAEA reaffirm nuclear co-operation

The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reaffirmed their co-operation in a range of nuclear activities. Senior officials met in Vienna last month to exchange views on enhancing collaboration in nuclear security, sustainable development and research and innovation. They agreed to strengthen their co-operation on nuclear safety, waste management and decommissioning […]

Ukraine “ups security at nuclear plants”

Ukraine is boosting the “physical security” at its nuclear power plants because of the tensions with Russia, a diplomat’s letter apparently revealed yesterday. Russian aggression towards its smaller neighbour was on full display yesterday, with Russian news agencies reporting it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. Ukraine’s nuclear officials clearly have the disastrous 1986 Chernobyl […]

"It’s a different world now"

Never mind 1970s energy policy – back then “it was a different world,” according to EY’s Tony Ward. He was responding to Nigel Lawson’s suggestion Britain should return to the same energy policy as when he was energy secretary three decades ago. In an interview with ELN ahead of the Energy Live 2013 conference, Lord […]

38% of people worried about winter heating bills

An eyebrow-raising 38% of people in the UK are concerned about paying heating bills this winter according to a new ComRes poll. The survey of more than 1000 people commissioned by BBC Radio 5 Live showed a quarter (25%) had put up with “unacceptably cold” homes because of high prices and 63% had cut energy […]

Blog: The internet threat to energy networks is hacking unbelievable

You could reasonably assume that a power station is fairly impregnable. Those hulking dull-silver or concrete buildings fenced around with brick walls or barbed wire, stringent personnel checks on people entering the premises, restricted access to critical areas. That may have been shown up by the recent exception when anti-gas activists broke into EDF’s West […]

IEA warns industry to open up over future of gas

The ‘golden age of gas’ will become a reality only if industry and authorities are transparent over the “legitimate public concerns” surrounding the environmental and social impacts of new sources. This was the message from the International Energy Association, which believes industry must be kept in line if the world is to benefit from such […]

Investors don’t expect ‘casino returns’

Dr Christoph Frei, the World Energy Council’s Secretary General tells ELN why the UN’s scheme to benchmark countries’ energy use is a good idea – and why investors don’t expect ‘casino’-style returns.