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Energy Regulator Seeks Revised NERC Security Plan

  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has sent back an industry proposal to bolster electric grid security, saying some details needed to be fleshed out for clarity, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Rebecca Smith writes the North American Electric Reliability Corp. draft calls on companies to write their own safety rules and security plans for substations vulnerable to attacks that can cause massive power loss.

According to the Journal, the regulatory body accepted parts of the plan provisionally, subject to public comment and analysis, but indicated that other sections of the proposal does not specify which equipment and facilities needed protection.

FERC also urged the group to consider government suggestions on properties that need beefed-up security, the report said.

NERC’s proposal comes a year after the April 2013 armed attack on a California power station that directly fed electricity to Silicon Valley.

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