Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) have introduced two bills that aim to protect the U.S. electric infrastructure from cyber threats. The Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act would require the Department of Energy to advance public-private partnerships and facilitate data collection and sharing of best practices to build up the cybersecurity posture of electric utilities, according to a joint release published Wednesday.Read More »
The Energy Department has launched a funding opportunity worth up to $15M for development work on medium voltage, direct current circuit breakers that will help further protect the U.S. electric grid.
The projects under the Building Reliable Electronics to Achieve Kilovolt Effective Ratings Safely program will involve creating devices that are capable of preventing electrical faults and boosting response times while maximizing renewable resources and electrification of ships and aircraft, the DOE said Wednesday.
The Bonneville Power Administration has begun its search for a candidate who will serve as both chief information officer and executive vice president of information technology. The chosen candidate will report directly to BPA’s chief operating officer and will oversee the development, maintenance and operation of the federal power marketing agency’s …Read More »
The U.S. and Canada have developed a joint strategy that calls for bilateral collaboration and a shared approach to manage security risks to power grid infrastructure in North America. The Joint United States-Canada Electric Grid Security and Resilience Strategy outlines outlines approaches to protect the current electric grid, manage contingencies through modernization of response and recovery systems and build a new …Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have collaborated on the development of an online geoelectric field computing platform that will work to support solar storm preparation efforts. DHS’ science and technology directorate and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center built the Online Geoelectric Field Calculation Tool to aid in the planning and …Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has called for greater coordination between federal agencies and external partner organizations to explore potential approaches to mitigate the impact of electromagnetic pulses on the U.S. electrical grid system. GAO said Tuesday more opportunities exist within the Department of Homeland Security to assist in federal programs to address electromagnetic risks to grid …Read More »
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $33 million in funds to 12 project teams to develop control systems that will work to coordinate electric load and distributed energy resources on the power grid. DOE said Friday the projects are part of ARPA-E’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems initiative …Read More »
The Agriculture Department has pumped $349 million into projects meant to build and upgrade rural electric transmission and distribution lines across 13 states. USDA said Tuesday the investment will fund 15 rural electric infrastructure projects that span more than 1,844 miles of rural electric cooperative lines. “Upgrading the electric grid …Read More »
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 …Read More »