EEI president makes statement on physical security, grid resilience

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Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today on the physical security of the electric power grid:

“Securing and protecting the grid’s critical assets are top priorities for the electric power industry. Because threats to the grid are dynamic and evolving, the industry constantly exercises and prepares for all hazards and continues to make significant investments to protect critical assets and to make the grid more resilient.

“Determining which assets are ‘critical’ is complicated, but employing numerous models that incorporate both government and industry perspectives helps to narrow the focus to the assets that need to be treated as priorities.

“There is no single solution that can make the grid completely safe and secure, so it is important to ensure there are contingencies and redundancies in place. That is why the industry focuses on the resiliency of the grid as a whole and coordinates closely with its government partners.

“The electric power industry welcomes the development of reliability standards to protect critical grid assets. Our industry has a long history of working together and with all stakeholders to protect the grid, and is committed to its mission of delivering safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to all customers.

“EEI and its member companies work closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal agencies to assess threats to the grid. We agree with Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur that ‘the publication of sensitive material about the grid crosses the line from transparency to irresponsibility,’ and we encourage the Commission, Congress and the Administration to investigate the disclosure of this sensitive information to The Wall Street Journal to ensure that we all continue to have a strong partnership going forward.”

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