DOE and FERC Mull Incentivizing Cybersecurity, Physical Security of Power and Gas Infrastructure

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 20:22:17 +0000

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) want to explore how federal and state authorities could incentivize cybersecurity and physical security in the power and natural gas sectors. The agencies issued a notice on Feb. 4announcing they would jointly hold a technical conference on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 10 […]

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Polar Vortex Tests Resiliency of U.S. Power System 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:28:54 +0000

Brutally cold temperatures in the midwestern and northeastern U.S. spurred grid operator alerts as natural gas demand has surged, power prices have soared, and there have been forced generator outages.  The polar vortex, an extreme cold event characterized by back-to-back cold fronts, has so far prompted states of emergency in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. On […]

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NERC: Accelerated Coal and Nuclear Retirements Pose Limited Reliability Risks

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:37:32 +0000

The accelerated retirement of coal-fired and nuclear generation by 2022 could adversely affect reliability in four regions, including in the east and over a swathe of the central U.S., the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warned as it released findings from a “stress-test” scenario.  But the entity tasked with ensuring reliability and security of […]

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Three Newly Approved CIP Reliability Standards for Cybersecurity Will Be Costly

Entities with industrial control systems (ICS) associated with bulk electric system (BES) operations must develop and implement plans that include security controls for supply chain management, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered in a final rule that formally adopts three new critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards.  FERC on October 18 issued Order No. […]

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FERC Mandates Reporting of Attempted Cybersecurity Breaches

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) to broaden, within six months, its Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards to include mandatory reporting of cybersecurity incidents that could harm the bulk electric system (BES). FERC’s Order No. 848issued on July 19 directs NERC to develop and submit […]

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