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Testimony of Joseph McClelland Direct...

Testimony of Joseph McClelland Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Before the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency United States House of Representatives

“The results of the study support the general conclusion of prior studies that EMP and GMD events pose substantial risk to equipment and operation of the Nation’s electric grid and under extreme conditions could result in major longterm electrical outages. Unlike EMP attacks that are dependent upon the capability and intent of an attacker, GMD […]

Statement of Energy Subcommittee Chai...

Statement of Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas) – Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing: Cybersecurity for Power Systems

“… utilities face significant threats to the reliability of power delivery. Our electric grid is particularly vulnerable to growing cybersecurity threats as the grid is modernized, as distributed energy, electric vehicles, and modernized digital operating systems create more access points for cyber-attacks.” from Statement of Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas) Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee […]

Statement of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-...

Statement of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) – Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing: Cybersecurity for Power Systems

“However, the threat to America’s power supply from these attacks increases every day. As we will hear from one of today’s witnesses, a compromised electric grid is not a question of “if” but “when.” As cyber attackers become more sophisticated, it becomes more difficult for those who are vulnerable to protect themselves. Electric utilities must […]

Testimony of Joseph McClelland Direct...

Testimony of Joseph McClelland Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs United States Senate

“A few US entities have taken some initial steps to address EMP on their systems, but much work remains. Internationally, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Saudi Arabia have GMD and/or EMP programs in place or are in the early stages of addressing or […]

Summary of Testimony of Michael Barde...

Summary of Testimony of Michael Bardee Director, Office of Electric Reliability Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power United States House of Representatives

“Commission’s current authority is not adequate to address cyber or other national security emergencies on the electric grid. These types of emergencies pose a serious risk to our Nation’s electric grid, which undergirds our government and economy and helps ensure the health and welfare of our citizens. “ Summary of Testimony of Michael Bardee Director, […]

Testimony of Michael Caruso, Subcommi...

Testimony of Michael Caruso, Subcommittee on National Security Subcommittee on the Interior of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on: “The Threat: The State of Preparedness Against the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Event”

“Eighteen states have ongoing initiatives to require electric utilities to address the protection of the electrical grid from the dangers of an EMP or a solar storm. … To my knowledge, there are only three Electric Utilities in the U.S. that have taken steps in hardening their Operational Control Centers and Substation Control Buildings. ” […]

DR. PETER VINCENT PRY STATEMENT FOR T...

DR. PETER VINCENT PRY STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD JOINT HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE INTERIOR HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM

“The Department of Defense has no legal authority to EMP harden the privately owned electric grid. Such protection is supposed to be the job of NERC and the utilities…. States should protect their own electric grids, and their people who depend upon the grid for survival, from the worst threat–nuclear EMP attack–so they will be […]

Testimony of George H. Baker Professo...

Testimony of George H. Baker Professor Emeritus, James Madison University Before the House Committee on National Security and Government Reform Joint Hearing on “The EMP Threat: The State of Preparedness against the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Event”

“Nobody is in charge. When I asked the North American Electrical Reliability Corporation about EMP protection, they informed me, “we don’t do EMP, that’s a Department of Defense problem.” The Department of Defense tells me, “EMP protection of the civilian infrastructure is a DHS responsibility.” DHS explained to me that the responsibility for the electric […]

Testimony of Joseph McClelland Direct...

Testimony of Joseph McClelland Director, Office of Electric Reliability Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Before the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology United States House of Representatives

“While the Commission is considering actions that it can take under its current authority, this authority may not be sufficient in cases where quick mandatory action is needed to protect the United States from the EMP threat or other national security threats to the reliability of our transmission and power system. The Federal government should […]

TESTIMONY OF DR. PETER VINCENT PRY EX...

TESTIMONY OF DR. PETER VINCENT PRY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TASK FORCE ON NATIONAL AND HOMELAND SECURITY BEFORE THE U.S. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE ON GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCES TO THE BULK POWER SYSTEM

“The Congressional EMP Commission, NASA and the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, FERC, the Defence Committee of Britain’s Parliament, and even a previous NERC Report–all warn that a severe geomagnetic storm could result in a protracted blackout lasting months or years,with catastrophic consequences for national survival. Even if the NERC Report’s rosy […]