The grid has not kept pace with modern cybersecurity measures. It remains vulnerable to the type of attacks that caused the Ukrainian Blackout of 2015. Grid resilience efforts must combat cyber threats.
Outages have been induced by physical attacks ranging from high-powered automatic weapons to mylar balloons. Grid resilience efforts must include physical security.
Electromagnetically charged particles have induced outages through high-altitude nuclear weapon tests and natural occurrences like the Quebec Solar Storm of 1989. Grid resilience efforts must account for human-made and natural threats.
The National Commission on Grid Resilience (NCGR) identifies and promotes national strategic policy initiatives to ensure the security and resilience of the U.S. electrical grid. The Commission serves to: (1) generate and focus interest from the public and private sector on grid security and resilience; (2) facilitate bipartisan support for national grid innovation efforts; (3) develop an actionable, nonpartisan road map for grid innovation; and (4) inform legislative and executive branch priorities.
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