FERC Chairman Testifies on Implications of Cyber Vulnerabilities on the Resiliency and Security of the Electric Grid Event

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 23, 2008

Chairman Kelliher testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology on Implications of Cyber Vulnerabilities on the Resiliency and Security of the Electric Grid

  • “The Congress made FERC responsible for overseeing the reliability of the bulk power system, but it provided specific restrictions on the procedures to be used to develop and put into effect mandatory reliability standards. [Section 215 of the Federal Power Act] is an adequate basis to protect the bulk power system against most reliability threats, and for that reason I do not believe there is a need to amend section 215. However, I believe a different statutory mechanism is needed to protect the grid against cyber security threats, given the nature of these threats.”
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