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July 24, 2014 – Austin, TX

POLICY

High Alert: Texas Utilities Remain Vigilant to Physical Attacks

With over 400,000 circuit miles of transmission and 55,000 substations, physical security remains at the forefront of utility risk planning nationwide, especially in light of last year’s Metcalf incidents and renewed interest by federal and state regulatory agencies.

On July 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), proposed approval of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC’s) physical security reliability standard, with modifications.

In May 2014, NERC filed its physical security petition with… Continue reading

July 10, 2014 – Austin, TX

POLICY

EPA’s GHG Rule Draws Texas-Sized Response

Early last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a 130-page rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal power plants by 30 percent by 2030 through its Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule.  Comments are due October 16, 2014.  The EPA estimates the rule will save thousands of lives, dramatically reduce asthma and result in $93 billion in health benefits.  Existing power plants are purported to account for 38 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the primary greenhouse gas… Continue reading

June 19, 2014 – Austin, TX

POLICY
Protecting People and Places from the Unknown

Cybersecurity threats pose a serious and ongoing challenge to the Texas and U.S. energy sector and its digitally-enabled delivery systems.  Attacks may impact the availability of the systems to perform critical functions, the integrity of the systems or the confidentiality of sensitive information ultimately impacting security, public safety and the economy.

The U.S. has been fortunate to have experienced limited successful cyber attacks on its electric grid.  Of the 256 cyber-attacks documented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2013, more than… Continue reading

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