Do you have a role in power grid security? The answer is yes.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently held a meeting to discuss the security of the power grid. The traditional power grid has struggled due to increasing demand. Evidence of this can be seen in the rolling blackouts in California to extensive outages during the Texas winter storm of 2021,
At the same time, renewable energy, including solar power and green energy, is on the uptick. Now, protecting the energy supply chain is more critical than ever before to maintain the everyday standard of living in the U.S. and save lives during catastrophic events.
The power grid supply chain may begin with a lump of coal, but it ends with us. We are the consumers in our homes and businesses who need the energy to power our daily lives. Cyberterrorists and hackers know that the power supply chain is an area of vulnerability. Interruptions in the power supply could leave millions of Americans without electricity. Electricity is vital for hospitals and residents who rely on powered medical devices. Power loss could also affect access to communication and safe shelter, including air conditioning and heat.
The recent workshop also included policymakers from the DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
These groups talked through concerns such as:
Based on that one-day workshop, here are the top five power grid security issues.
The bottom line is that a reliable power grid cannot be taken for granted. These conversations about the energy grid supply chain are crucial because the health and safety of millions of Americans rely on a functioning power system. With so much at stake, many U.S. residents are recognizing the benefits of energy independence, such as getting solar panels for their homes.
Lisa Iscrupe is a writer and editor who specializes in energy, the deregulated electricity market, and solar power. Her work has been referenced by CNN, The Daily MBA, The Media Bulletin, and other national sources. Find more of Lisa’s work at SaveOnEnergy.com. Follow her at @lisaiscrupe.