Large Public Power Council Applauds Bipartisan Policy Center Efforts on Electric Grid Cyber Security Recommendations, February 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Michael Catanzaro
February 28, 2014
michael.catanzaro@fticonsulting.com
(202) 346-8841

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative released its report, “Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat” outlining recommendations to safeguard the electric grid from potential cyber-attacks. Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Chairman Bill Gaines released the following statement in response to the report:

“LPPC commends the BPC for launching the Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative. We are pleased their report—crafted by experts from the public and private sectors— includes recommendations that support a risk-based framework that is adaptable to changing conditions and technologies, build on existing federal standards, and promote information sharing and collaboration between industry and government. We hope the Obama administration and Congress will seriously consider these principles as it develops meaningful policies to protect the electric grid from cyber security threats.

“As representatives of the only industry subject to mandatory and enforceable security standards, LPPC agrees that standards established by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) should be maintained as other federal cyber security strategies evolve.

“Recommendations for increased coordination between power-sector entities and government agencies at all levels also resonate with our members who have been working hand in hand with various government agencies to ensure reliable electric service for their communities. The report rightfully points out the need for response models that specify a clear chain-of-command among government agencies but can also be quickly adapted as new information emerges.

“Mitigating cyber security risks will require a coordinated response across industries and government agencies. LPPC will continue to work with groups like the BPC, policy makers and industry leaders to advocate for adaptable, risk-based solutions to address cyber threats while ensuring the continued safety and reliability of the nation’s electric grid.”

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LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.