Andrew Coffman Smith

Washington, DC

Andrew Coffman Smith

Energy & Cybersecurity Reporter


Blockchain developer's DOE cybersecurity project goes beyond peer-to-peer sales

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding the development of blockchain technology with the aim of safeguarding pipelines and power grids from cyberattacks and ensuring the integrity of peer-to-peer energy sales in emerging markets at the grid's distributed edge.
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Smartphone activism: Nuclear group wields technology that helped Trump, Brexit

Hoping to galvanize public support in favor of proposed subsidies for at-risk nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, advocates are using a smartphone app virtually identical to one successfully employed by the Brexit and Trump campaigns.
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Filling the void of Indian Point: The debate on what comes next

New York's largest nuclear power plant is slated to shut down within four years, but the debate continues on what will replace the approximately 2,070-MW generation capacity of Entergy Corp.'s Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3 reactors.
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Nuclear plant cyberattack: Stuxnet decoder warns that ransomware is coming next

The revelation that a nuclear power plant was the target of a "disruptive" cyberattack has the cybersecurity expert who decoded the Stuxnet computer virus, which sabotaged Iran's nuclear program, warning that plants are at risk of being held hostage by ransomware.
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Irish and Proud

Battle lines are drawn as identities clash on the streets of New York ahead of this year's St Patrick's Day parade
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The Brooklyn Radio Show for 'Dissident' Irish Republicans

Most of the week, John McDonagh can be found patrolling the streets of New York in his yellow Medallion cab. But every Saturday the nearly 60-year-old activist and comedian takes to WBAI’s Radio Free Éireann, a radio show hosted out of a Brooklyn pub, to cover “the Irish freedom struggle from an Irish Republican point of view”.

The continued woes of NI’s economy: bank lending down “a third” since 2010

BANK lending in Northern Ireland, “the oil which lubricates the economy” has significantly fallen in the last three years, The Detail can reveal. A drop of 33% has been recorded, a figure which shows the extent to which volumes of money in circulation here has shrunk – and which lays bare the scale of financial hardship being faced by the local private sector.
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United States of EUrope? (shorter version)

AUDIO - British debate of the EU spills over to Ireland during Irish Presidency of the EU.
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Escorts speak out on law change

In a Northern Ireland media first, escorts working in County Antrim speak to Count Antrim Post reporter Andrew Coffman Smith about proposed changes to prostitution laws, the media’s portrayal of them and the real story behind human-trafficking.
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After initial setbacks, Nuclear Energy Institute sees advances in 2018

The Nuclear Energy Institute, the leading trade group for the nuclear power industry, has had a rough 2018 so far. First, the Trump administration's grid resiliency proposal to shore up nuclear (and coal) revenues was flatly rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Then two major nuclear power producers, Entergy Corp. and NextEra Energy Inc., quietly ended their longstanding relationships with NEI as due-paying members.
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FERC's Powelson pledges 'not to destroy' energy markets despite DOE directive

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Robert Powelson has promised the agency will safeguard competitive wholesale electricity markets on the heels of a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to ensure full cost recovery for certain coal and nuclear power plants.
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'State-sponsored' hackers breach Irish power grid, fears linger over hidden code

Ireland's all-island power grid was the target of a "state-sponsored" cyberattack that exposed all of Eirgrid's internal communications sent over a power cable after hackers gained access through an Internet router used by the grid operator in Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Andrew Coffman Smith

Andrew is a Washington-based energy and cybersecurity journalist with S&P Global Market Intelligence (formerly SNL Financial). He covers international nuclear energy news, cybersecurity for U.S. energy infrastructure and New England's and New York's clean energy transitions and power grid modernizations.

Andrew is NCTJ-certified and holds a MA in Journalism from Ulster University in Northern Ireland and a A2 Certificate in German from the Goethe Institute.

Andrew has previously reported for The Associated Press, PEI Media's Low Carbon Energy Investor, The County Antrim Post and Nashville Today. He has also been published by the Irish News, USA Today, the Washington Post, Vice News, The Detail and other outlets.

References are available upon request. Recommendations can be found on Andrew's LinkedIn profile.



  • European politics
  • German language
  • Nuclear Waste Storage
  • Transmission + Pipelines
  • Climate Change + Energy Policy
  • Electric Grid + Infrastructure
  • Nuclear Energy Reporter