Senate grills FERC, DOE on power sector cybersecurity

Utility Dive: President Trump May 1 issued an executive order on physical and cybersecurity of the nation's power grid (E.O. 13290). DOE July 8 published a request for information (RFI), specifying six countries — China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Venezuela — as "foreign adversaries" from which the power sector cannot purchase equipment. The RFI also asks stakeholders to respond to a series of eight questions about critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. Comments are due Aug. 7.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a two-pronged approach to addressing the reliability and security of the electric power supply, Joseph McClelland, director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security for FERC, told the committee.

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