Cyber & Physical Security
Key Facts
$67.7 billion in 2020
grid security efforts

According to projections, EEI member companies invested $67.7 billion in 2020 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.​
Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)

The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (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 energy 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 energy grid. These activities include all hazards, steady-state preparation, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for the nation’s electricity sector.

ESCC Web site

ESCC Brochure

ESCC Ransomware Preparedness​​

Cyber Mutual Assistance Program

ESCC Community
The ESCC Community is a private meeting space that provides members of the ESCC with a shared calendar, files and discussion forums. At this time, the Community 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 Community, please contact Laura Schepis at​​ 

Access the Community​
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.


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. Version 2.0 includes revisions to reflect evolving industry practices, including changes which broaden references to specific industry standards, adjust notification timeframes and other time-specified requirements, and modify language where appropriate to support use with value-added resellers. Additional updates were made to clarify existing concepts. ​

Model Procurement Contract Language Addressing Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk​​
Company Highlights
    Security Matters
    Security Matters is a recurring article series in EEI’s Electric Perspectives magazine.
    July/August 2021
    Streamlining State Coordination
    May/June 2021
    Elevating Our Knowledge-Based Defenses
    March/April 2021
    Collaborative R&D is Essential to a Resilient, Clean Energy Future
    January/February 2021
    SolarWinds:  A Renewed Call to Action
    November/December 2020
    Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships in Energy-Related Emergencies
    September/October 2020
    The Cyberspace Solarium Commission:  What Did It Find?
    July/August 2020
    Maintaining a Flexible and Effective Mutual Assistance System
    May/June 2020
    Working Together to Address Wildfire Risks
    March/April 2020
    Cultivating a Culture of Security
    January/February 2020
    Lessons Learned from GridEx V
    November/December 2019
    An Industry-Wide Approach to Supply Chain Security
    September/October 2019
    Harnessing Innovation to Improve Grid Security
    July/August 2019
    Mutual Assistance Is the Cornerstone of Our Industry
    May/June 2019
    Mitigating the EMP Threat
    Additional Resources
    January 2020
    Protecting the Energy Grid for Customers
    January 2020
    Study: Impact of Proposed Wi-Fi Operations on Microwave Links At 6 GHz
    August 2019
    Reliable, Secure Communications Networks Are Critical For the Energy Grid