Protecting the Grid: Risk Management in Electric Utilities

Karl Zimmel, risk manager at UNS Energy Corp., faces environmental exposures, cyber terrorism—and lots of high-voltage hazards

Electric utilities are highly complex and technical businesses, and their risk managers face a daunting array of threats to employees, customers and physical assets.

Effectively overseeing the exposures entails “understanding the technical operations required for the three segments of our business: power generation, transmission of high-voltage electricity across hundreds of miles, and distribution of low-voltage electricity to our retail customers,” says Karl Zimmel, manager of risk-management services at UNS Energy Corp.


The modern power industry is increasingly technology-driven, an advancement that has changed its IT and cyber-risk profile.

Featured Video

Most Recent Videos

Video Library ››

Top Story

15 tips for driving safely on ice and snow

More than 800 people die each year in the U.S. in vehicle crashes caused by snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Top Story

PIA's national president was born to insure

Robert W. Hansen Jr., a fourth-generation insurance professional, reflects on what drives him to keep selling after more than 30 years in the business.

More Resources


eNewsletter Sign Up

PropertyCasualty360 Daily eNews

Get P&C insurance news to stay ahead of the competition in one concise format - FREE. Sign Up Now!

Mobile Phone

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.