An extreme winter storm occurred from February 13-16, which increased demand for electricity and gas to provide energy to homes and caused a price spike. With so much of the news over the past month being focused on the winter storm and record-breaking demand for electricity, you may have more questions about what it all means for Grand Valley Power members going forward. Here is what is happening:
The proliferation of communications channels on the grid and the rising sophistication of cyber-attacks have substantially increased vulnerability to malicious intrusion, data theft, lost productivity and, potentially, service disruption. All co-ops, regardless of size, need to take ongoing steps to ensure the security of their data and connected hardware.
With scammers taking Americans for untold billions of dollars every year, the nation's utilities are banding together to raise awareness and fight back. The collaboration and cooperation among cooperatives encourages utilities and their member's to share these messages to help guard against scam activity. Grand Valley Power is proactively involved with UUAS (Utilities United Against Scams) and will report impersonators and toll-free numbers to combat these scams.