Vulnerabilities and Measures on Smart Grid Application in Renewable Energy

SAĞIROĞLU Ş., Ozbilen A., Colak I.

1st International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), Nagasaki, Japan, 11 - 14 November 2012 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/icrera.2012.6477421
  • City: Nagasaki
  • Country: Japan
  • Keywords: Smartgrid, security, renewable energy
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Utility companies have been seeking methods to operate electricity distribution infrastructures efficiently. Smart grid applications provide opportunities to network operators to collect data from consumers. Therefore operators could track power consumption based on historical and immediate data. Thanks to remotely collecting data, operators take necessary action to manage changes in consumption rate and types. Although smart grid application make grid operators manage their network reliably and effectively, these new applications pose new vulnerabilities and security threats because of insecure designs and products. Most of the vulnerabilities result from commercial off shelf products, operating systems, access technology and communication protocols. In this paper, security considerations on smart grid application, particularly data network securities are discussed. In addition, some applicable measures to mitigate currently available vulnerabilities are proposed.