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Cyberspace Solarium Commission Working on Organizational Structure, Allocations

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is working to establish an organizational structure and determine resource allocations to support the newly created unit’s three main cyber defense strategies, FCW reported Monday. The 14-member interagency commission was established under the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and seeks to create working teams to handle offensive strategy, deterrence-focused defensive strategy and international threat regulation efforts.

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Reps. Jerry McNerney, Bob Latta Introduce Bills to Advance Electric Grid Cybersecurity

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.

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Energy Department Launches Funding Opportunity for Direct Current Circuit Breakers

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.

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US, Canada Unveil Joint Strategy to Secure North American Electric Grid Infrastructure

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 …

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GAO: Gov’t, Industry Should Coordinate to Address Electromagnetic Risks to US Power Grid System

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 …

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DOE Picks 12 Teams for $33M Electric Grid Control System Development Program

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 …

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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 …

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