Along with the increasing use of digitization to monitor and control energy assets comes the threat of cyber-attacks that could tamper with them. That’s why today’s announcement from AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 is an important one.
GE Renewable Energy announced it signed a cybersecurity agreement with Invenergy to secure its entire fleet of wind turbines, as well as a framework to add future wind farms to the network.
The deal, worth more than $13M over ten years, is one of the largest cybersecurity deals in the history of the Industrial Internet, according to GE.
The agreement includes upgrading Invenergy’s legacy controls, upgrading and protecting its network security with Opshield from Wurldtech (a GE company). Opsheild provides cybersecurity for industrial and process control environments.
GE and Wurldtech will provide Invenergy with software maintenance, updates, and patches for the duration of the ten-year term.
Jim Shield, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Invenergy said that cybersecurity is
“top priority” for his company.
“This took a huge effort from our teams across all functions to get the deal across the line,” said Sanjeev Addala, Chief Digital Officer at GE Renewable Energy adding that it is exciting for GE to be working with Invenergy on its “digital transformation.”
Invenergy will also be using 120 GE2.5-116 90-meter turbines for its 300-MW Santa Rita wind farm in Reagan County, Texas, GE also announced. This will be the first Invenergy wind farm to use GE2.5-116 turbines.