Electric Power: Our Most Critical Resource

Our nation relies on a resilient and robust electric grid. A lengthy shutdown would dramatically affect our quality of life. Society depends on the steady flow electricity and the services it powers. Tens of millions would be cut off from food production and delivery, the water supply, sanitation, health care, transportation, finance, virtually all forms of communications, and more. 

Key stakeholders, including the  electric industry, government regulators and the defense community agree that the electric grid must be more resilient. Respected former U.S. Cabinet members, academics and award-winning journalists have published books and reports on the grid’s vulnerability. Senators and congressmen have released more than a dozen disparate bills that address individual aspects of grid security. None are comprehensive nor do they detail funding solutions.

To make meaningful progress on this important issue, we must alert and educate the public, government and industry to identify the priorities and resources needed to strengthen our electric infrastructure. As real threats continue to grow at an alarming rate, grid resiliency is an urgent national security priority.

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Mission

To build consensus among key stakeholders and public policy influencers to launch a coordinated and adequately funded effort to make the nation’s electric grid more resistant to all threats. The national program must also ensure establishment of an enhanced power restoration and recovery component for all grid operations that would include communications protocols to protect and inform the American public.

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Ridge Global Report: Foreign-Controlled Equipment Creates Opportunity for Governments, Hackers to Disrupt Electricity Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1, 2018 — Potentially crippling power outages could be caused by foreign agents gaining access to the U.S. electricity grid...

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Deterring Foreign Hackers From Threatening Grid Needed, But Prevention Must Be Key Objective: Protect Our Power

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2018 – In response to a front-page story in today’s Wall Street Journal regarding security of the nation’s electric...

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Electric Grid Attacks Alarming; Protect Our Power Urges Prompt Action

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2018 – Public disclosures by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the electric grid has been successfully penetrated...

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Protect Our Power and Institute for Energy and the Environment Partner for a More Secure and Resilient Electric Grid

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., June 20, 2018— The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School has entered into an agreement to work...

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Protect Our Power Lends Support to House Energy & Commerce Committee Grid Efforts

Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, I am writing to you today as the Executive Director of Protect Our Power, a not-for-profit advocacy...

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