The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) released its Strategic Energy Assessment (SEA), a biennial report that assesses Wisconsin’s energy demands and the reliability of the electrical system.
“The assessment released today tells a great story of Wisconsin’s energy portfolio and its relationship with customers across the state,” PSC Chairman Lon Roberts said. “The commission’s dedication to providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy to all customer classes is detailed throughout this year’s Strategic Energy Assessment.”
The report – which includes data from Wisconsin utilities, power cooperatives, municipal electric companies, and other electricity and transmission providers – found that the typical Wisconsin family pays similar to what other Midwest states pay for energy.
The report also looks at Wisconsin’s clean energy portfolio. Wisconsin utilities have met their 10 percent renewable portfolio goals and many are looking to expand efforts to cut emissions.
“There will always be room for improvement and efficiencies,” Roberts said. “However, I believe the SEA outlines and describes the significant progress we and our stakeholders have made in addressing the challenges facing Wisconsin and a clear path ahead to continue progress in achieving our goal of safe, reliable, and affordable energy for all customer classes.”
The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) recently published a draft report titled: Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage: How to Strengthen the Capabilities of the Nation. The EISAC is working with the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and our members to address the report’s recommendations. Please find it attached and available online here [hXXps://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/NIAC%20Catastrophic%20Power%20Outage%20Study_508%20FINAL.pdf].
The detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or in space (~ 30 km or more above the earth’s surface) can generate an intense electromagnetic pulse (EMP) referred to as a high-altitude EMP or HEMP. HEMP can propagate to the earth and impact various land-based technological systems such as the electric power grid. Because of the extreme differences in views among experts regarding the potential impacts of HEMP on the electric power grid and the potential societal implications, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched a three-year research project in April 2016 to investigate the potential impacts of a HEMP attack on the electric transmission system and to identify possible options for mitigating impacts. This report summarizes the research and findings of this three-year research effort.
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The E-ISAC Physical Security Analysis Team in coordination with the Physical Security Advisory Group has developed the attached Copper Theft Prevention White Paper using insight from industry experts, as well as open source resources. This paper aims to provide copper theft prevention best practices and lessons learned that asset owners and operators (AOOs) have implemented sucessfully in North America. Please feel free to submit any additional prevention and mitigation techniques to email@example.com for future updates.
The E-ISAC Brochure describes the products and services provided to asset owners and operators and select government and cross-sector partners in North America.
The brochure is intended to provide potential E-ISAC Portal members an overview of the benefits of joining the E-ISAC Portal, what types of information to share, and how to share with the E-ISAC.
The E-ISAC has published a Guide for Information Sharing that includes examples of information to be shared with the E-ISAC.
The E‐ISAC serves as the primary security communications channel for industry, and enhances the ability to prepare for and respond to cyber and physical threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents. The E‐ISAC gathers, analyzes, and shares security information from members and partners; coordinates incident management; enables member to member sharing; and shares mitigation strategies with interdependent sectors and government partners. Information that members share with the E‐ISAC helps create an understanding about security threats that may impact the industry.
If you have questions or comments, contact the E-ISAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached are the GridEx V participation numbers, suitable for sharing.
More electricity industry security professionals participated than ever, with over 7,000 participants from 527 entities (including 266 electricity entities, 29 FBI Field Offices, 26 state governments, 16 gas industry participants). Key to this increase was the substantial participation by distribution utilities, the natural gas industry (to include midstream pipeline operators), FBI field offices, Canadian entities, and our partners in U.S. state government.
More detailed information on the exercise will be published in the Lessons Learned report, which will be available by March 2020.
The goal of Cyber Yankee 2019 was to continue the successful execution of a realistic cyber exercise for Army National Guard Defensive Cyberspace Operations Elements (DCOE) and other Cyber units to further train and apply their skills as cyber defenders. This year, we also integrated the several agencies from the State of New Hampshire, the 229th COS, additional legal support, and elements of the 91st Cyber Brigade. Exercise planners used lessons learned from Cyber Yankee 2015-2018 to improve the exercise. The exercise focused on developing strong collaboration across all of the New England Cyber elements, state, and federal government partners in cyber defense. Cyber Yankee ’19 was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program.
The end state was continued development of a more robust capacity and capability for the Defensive Cyberspace Operations Elements and other Guard and Reserve cyber units in the New England states as well as a growth in partnerships across multiple levels of government throughout the region. Conducting the exercise at the unclassified level (leveraging open source intelligence information) ensured maximum relevant and current training for all government and non-government participants.
NERC conducted its fifth biennial Grid Security Exercise (GridEx), a grid security and emergency response exercise, November 13–14, 2019. The exercise was structured as two days of distributed play and it provided an opportunity for stakeholders in the electricity industry to respond to simulated cyber and physical attacks that affected the reliable operation of the grid, fulfilling NERC’s mission to assure the reliability of the North American BPS. Led by NERC’s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), GridEx V was the largest geographically distributed grid security exercise to date.
Additionally, NERC’s E-ISAC conducted the GridEx V executive tabletop on November 14, 2019, complementing the separate North American-wide operational exercise. The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) conducted a separate executive tabletop with the government of Canada the same day with a different, Canada-specific, scenario.
This report is labeled Traffic Light Protocol (TLP) WHITE, a designation meaning that recipients may share this report freely without restriction.