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Key Facts
$60.3 Billion
grid security efforts

According to projections, EEI member companies invested $60.3 billion in 2018 to enhance the energy grid and to further support grid security efforts.

Industry-Government Partnership
Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)
The ESCC serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry, with the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure.
Planning and Exercises
Emergency Situations
Electric companies plan and regularly exercise for a variety of emergency situations that could impact their ability to provide electricity.​
Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)

The ESCC serves as the principal liaison between leadership in the federal government and in the electric power sector, with the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for national-level incidents or threats to critical infrastructure.​

​Protecting the electric grid from threats that could impact national security and public safety is a responsibility shared by both the government and the electric power sector. The ESCC facilitates and supports policy- and public affairs-related activities and initiatives designed to enhance the reliability and resilience of the electric grid. These activities include all hazards, steady-state preparation, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for the nation’s electricity sector.
 

Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) Web site

ESCC Brochure

ESCC Ransomware Preparedness​​

Cyber Mutual Assistance Program


ESCC Workroom
The ESCC Workroom is a private meeting space that provides members of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) with a shared calendar, files and discussion forums. At this time, the Workroom is for Senior Executive Working Group (SEWG) industry members only in order to address concerns about sharing documents with our government partners. If you are interested in learning how to join the workroom, please contact Laura Schepis at lschepis@eei.org​ 

Access the Workroom​
Protecting the Energy Grid Against EMPs and GMDs

Protecting the nation’s energy grid and ensuring a reliable and affordable supply of energy are top priorities for America’s electric companies. The energy grid’s complex, interconnected technologies may be impacted by bursts of electromagnetic energy, such as naturally occurring geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs) or malicious, man-made electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). To address these potential hazards, the electric power industry is working hard to enhance the resilience of the energy grid, to mitigate the potential impact of an EMP, and to accelerate recovery from potential incidents.

In response to the low-likelihood, high-consequence threat of a high-altitude EMP (HEMP) to the energy grid, the electric power industry is working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and with our government partners to better understand the impacts of a HEMP. This research helps us to make scientifically informed investment decisions for mitigation measures and to identify ways to leverage existing response and recovery programs and capabilities.

Resources

EEI Statement on EMP Executive Order​

Grid Security: Protecting Against EMPs and GMDs​

EEI Statement on EPRI’s New Report on the Potential Impact of an Electromagnetic Pulse on the Electric Transmission System​​

EPRI EMP Report & Grid Security: Key Messages​​

Mitigating the EMP Threat – by Dr. Michael Howard, President and CEO, EPRI (Electric Perspectives, May-June 2019)​

Model Procurement Contract Language Addressing Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk
To facilitate managing cybersecurity supply chain risks, a committee of representatives of EEI member companies developed this Model to align cybersecurity requirements and to encourage adoption by the vendor community. Recognizing the importance of procurement in managing supply chain risk, the member companies who developed the Model focused on the processes required by the NERC supply chain risk management reliability standard—CIP-013-1 Requirement 1, Part 1.2—but also included language that goes beyond this requirement with the goal of improving cybersecurity. The model Is a starting point for negotiations with vendors and service providers—it should not be considered a best practice or requirement, has not yet been tested by vendors and service providers, and can be adopted/adjusted as appropriate. Lessons learned and feedback from implementation will inform the development of the next version of the Model. ​

Model Procurement Contract Language Addressing Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk​​
Company Highlights
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    Security Matters
    Security Matters is a recurring article series in EEI’s Electric Perspectives magazine.
    July/August 2019
    Mutual Assistance Is the Cornerstone of Our Industry
    May/June 2019
    Mitigating the EMP Threat
    March/April 2019
    A Secure, Resilient Energy Grid
    January/February 2019
    Planning for Cyber Incidents
    November/December 2018
    An Indispensable Industry Partnership
    September/October 2018
    World-Class Cyber Information Sharing
    July/August 2018
    Strengthening Partnerships With State Government Leaders
    May/June 2018
    Resilient Communications Are Critical for the Electric Power Industry
    Additional Resources
    January 2019
    Protecting the Energy Grid for Customers
    April 2019
    Electric Distribution System Cybersecurity Is Critical in Today’s Interconnected Society
    Electric Perspectives | March/April 2019
    Energy Security and Environmental Protection:  We Need Them Both