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  • Debate heats up over cybersecurity regulations for electric utilities

    11/03/2009 12:59:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 281+ views
    NextGov.com ^ | 10/27/2009 | BY JILL R. AITORO
    Representatives from the electrical industry sharply criticized on Tuesday a proposal in the House to extend federal regulation to include local power plants in major cities to protect them and the national power grid from cyberattacks. Under the 1935 Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforces security standards for most of the nation's power plants, including facilities and control networks -- known as bulk power systems -- that connect power systems. But the commission does not have regulatory jurisdiction over electrical systems outside the continental United States and to local distribution facilities, which include some in large cities...
  • Project Grey Goose and University at Albany SUNY to investigate major Power Grid blackouts...

    10/18/2009 5:53:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 555+ views
    INTELFUSION.net ^ | October 16th, 2009 at 10:40 am | Written by Jeffreycarr
    "Project Grey Goose and University at Albany SUNY to investigate major Power Grid blackouts caused by hackers" SNIPPET: "This is an open call for volunteers who wish to participate in a joint Project Grey Goose / University at Albany SUNY open source intelligence investigation into power grid blackouts caused by hacker attacks. The scope is global and includes the U.S. Interested parties should contact me from their work email address with an expression of interest, a brief bio, and your experience, if any, in SCADA systems in general or the power grid in particular. All respondents will be kept confidential....
  • Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies

    04/07/2009 7:38:04 PM PDT · by Snoopers-868th · 173 replies · 6,558+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 8, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.
  • US power outage: Sequence of voltage cascade revealed

    09/14/2003 9:49:46 AM PDT · by mjp · 10 replies · 218+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Saturday 13 September 2003 | Eva Glass
    MY PAL Marty says he's seen the official reports so far of the power out that affected swathes of North America on the 14th of August last and it's not a happy story. The Joint US/Canada Task Force investigating the power down has so far isolated the time line of the cascade in the electrical grid on that day. Marty assures me that Adamson Rust's attempt to pin the blame on Chicken Little and Foxy Woxy is up to his usual lame standards. [Can't you get over this guy, Eva? Ed.] The time line is pretty much OK, though the...
  • Electrical Grid Vulnerable To Hackers

    09/11/2003 6:49:11 PM PDT · by John W · 2 replies · 185+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | September 11,2003 | Jim Krane
    NEW YORK, Sept. 11 — Since last month’s widespread blackout, utilities have accelerated plans to automate the electric grid, replacing aging monitoring systems with digital switches and other high-tech gear. But those very improvements are making the electricity supply vulnerable to a different kind of peril: computer viruses and hackers who could black out substations, cities or entire states. Researches working for the U.S., Canadian and British governments have already found “back doors” — ways into the digital relays and control room technology that increasingly direct electricity flow in North America.
  • Terror Link to blackouts?

    09/02/2003 10:28:48 PM PDT · by JustPiper · 29 replies · 160+ views
    WND ^ | 9-3-03 | JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN
    Intelligence sources see power grids vulnerable, recall bin Laden threat International intelligence sources are skeptical that the major unexplained power outages in the United Kingdom and United States occurred within weeks of each other by mere coincidence. New York and much of the rest of the Eastern U.S. were hit first with a blackout. Then, last week, London was the center of the latest outage. New York and London are the West's major economic centers. The UK and U.S. are the two principal nations leading the war against Islamic terrorism on a global scale. London's blackout was unprecedented. The U.S....
  • S.C. utilities not eager to upgrade [Joining a national power grid opposed as costly, unnecessary]

    08/31/2003 6:09:38 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Aug. 31, 2003
    COLUMBIA - South Carolina's two largest electric utilities say they shouldn't have to pay for upgrading power transmission systems in the Northeast that failed in the nation's largest blackout. The Electric Power Research Institute, a California group that represents much of the utility industry, issued a report this week that said $100 billion is needed to overhaul the U.S. energy system. The report comes in the wake of the blackout two weeks ago. But regulators and utilities say South Carolina's power transmission system is sound as long as it doesn't face the burden of becoming part of a national energy...
  • US turns to India for blackout advice

    08/30/2003 2:55:06 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 22 replies · 197+ views
    Economic Times of India ^ | August 30, 2003
    NEW DELHI: What does the world's one and only super power do when it faces power blackouts? It comes to the expert, of course! And what if that expert happens to be a Third World country? Well, exactly such a situation arose when the US approached India on Friday seeking advice on how to tackle power blackouts, reports the Financial Times.But this is nothing to be shocked about. After the total blackout in north-east America earlier this month, the US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson had rightly remarked: "We're the world's greatest superpower but we have a third world electricity...
  • "Unusual" Conditions uncovered in blackout inquiry

    08/22/2003 8:10:51 PM PDT · by DittoJed2 · 33 replies · 280+ views
    <p>Investigators uncovered fresh mysteries Monday about the way the electricity transmission grid operated in the eastern half of the United States last Thursday in the hours before the nation's largest power blackout occurred.</p> <p>Meanwhile, businesses forced to shut down by the blackout returned to near normalcy Monday. Automakers began turning out cars again and Wall Street trading resumed on time. New York City officials estimated that businesses in the city lost about $1 billion in the blackout. Tallying the economic impact in Ohio and Michigan will take longer because power was slower to return in those areas.</p>
  • Hillary: Power Grid Became Antiquated Last Year

    08/19/2003 2:18:34 PM PDT · by Cathryn Crawford · 94 replies · 230+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | Scott Ott
    2003-08-15) -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NYArk, said today that the electrical power grid in America "suddenly became antiquated early last year, and George Bush hasn't done a thing about it." "When my husband was in office, the power grid was like new," said Sen. Clinton. "But right after he left, the grid got all rusty and decayed...like some form of mechanical progeria. But President Bush was so distracted by the war on Iraq that he has tragically inconvenienced 50 million people." The Senator said she will introduce a bill today nationalizing the electricity industry, and putting it under the...
  • Why Texas Has Its Own Power Grid: the Electric Reliability Council of Texas

    08/19/2003 7:51:15 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 114 replies · 837+ views
    Slate ^ | August 18, 2003 | Brendan I. Koerner
    Blackout postmortems have noted that America's electricity system consists of just three regions—the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection, and the Texas Interconnection. Why does the Lone Star State have its own power grid? Partly because of a historical desire for self-sufficiency and partly because of that famous "Don't Mess With Texas!" attitude. The majority of the state's residents live within the region regulated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, an "island" that generates and supplies all its own electricity—unlike, say, New York City or Detroit, whose residents found out the hard way that lots of their power comes from...
  • RICHARDSON URGES BUSH TO PASS ENERGY PLAN

    08/18/2003 7:30:22 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 49 replies · 244+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 18, 2003 | Loie Fecteau
    SANTA FE— Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday said the Bush administration and Congress must move quickly to pass an energy plan to upgrade the nation's electrical grid. "The president has to make it a major priority to get the Congress off the dime to pass mandatory reliability standards," Richardson said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "The Bush administration and the Congress should strip out those provisions (in the energy bill) that are controversial, nuclear and coal subsidies, the drilling in Alaska." In calling for passage of a stripped down energy bill, Richardson, who served as Energy secretary under former...
  • Memo TO DNC: THe 13th Century Sucked! (The Day the Magic Stopped. How the blackout happened.)

    08/18/2003 7:18:25 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 4 replies · 267+ views
    NRO ^ | 18 Aug 03 | By Nick Schulz
    Back in 2001, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney mapped out their vision for America's energy future in the National Energy Policy Report (NEPR). At the time, Vice President Cheney said: Transmission grids stand in need of repair, upgrading, and expansion. If we put these connections in place, we'll go a long way toward avoiding blackouts. We all know what happened last week, so there's no point in rehashing the details. The NEPR is destined to become another "hindsight" publication, like the Hart-Rudman report in early 2001 on the threat of terrorism that said: The combination of unconventional weapons...
  • What Went Wrong (Blackout. CIA considered terrorism as possible cause)

    08/17/2003 11:53:22 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 27 replies · 283+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug. 25, 2003 issue | Michael Hirsh and Daniel Klaidman
    It was a blip on the screen that turned into a monster, leaving 50 million Americans powerless. The inside story of a sleepless night. In fact, federal investigators ruled terrorism out within the first 45 minutes—perhaps prematurely. True, there was no detectable physical intrusion; nor had terrorist hackers left the usual cyber footprints. But despite the initial reassuring signals to the public, during an emergency conference call with senior officials at 5:30 p.m., the CIA “put on the radar” the possibility that there might have been some terrorist tampering. Informants and interrogations of terror suspects have led the CIA to...
  • US public faces bill for power upgrade

    08/17/2003 6:29:02 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 19 replies · 202+ views
    FT.com ^ | August 17 2003 20:10 | Neil Buckley in New York and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
    US consumers were warned on Sunday they would bear the brunt of the cost of updating the nation's power grid - put by some observers at up to $50bn - following the biggest power failure ever to hit North America. As investigators struggled to establish the chain of events that led to the power cut that affected 50m people in the US and Canada, there were calls for the US to increase investment. Spencer Abraham, US energy secretary, said utility companies would pay some of the cost of improving the system, but much of it would have to be passed...
  • Ohio Utility Says Grid Had Problems Hours Before Its Lines Failed

    08/17/2003 5:35:33 PM PDT · by John W · 27 replies · 155+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | August 17,2003 | H. Josef Hebert
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Ohio utility under intense scrutiny in the biggest blackout in the nation's history said Sunday there were problems, including strange voltage fluctuations, in the Midwest power grid hours before its transmission lines failed. "What happened ... is much more complex than a few tripped power lines in our system," said Todd Schneider, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., which went on the offensive Sunday after being targeted by investigators. He said that some of the unusual power conditions occurred "as early as noon" - more than three hours before FirstEnergy's high-voltage lines, which have been the focus...
  • Officials See Return to Work on Monday as Test of Power Grid

    08/17/2003 2:44:02 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 2 replies · 165+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | August 17, 2003 | BRIAN KNOWLTON
    ASHINGTON, Aug. 17 — With electric service restored today to nearly all the broad eastern region of the United States and Canada blacked out on Thursday and Friday, officials cautioned that Monday could bring new problems as millions of workers return to their jobs and renew normal demands on the power grid."We're not out of the woods," the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pat Wood, said on NBC television.The authorities were still urging residents in the affected region — which included nearly 50 million people, though not all had lost electric power — to conserve energy and, in...
  • North American Electric Reliability Council -- Board of Trustees

    08/17/2003 1:39:16 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 6 replies · 207+ views
    Richard Drouin - Chairman Richard Drouin is currently Chairman of Abitibi-Consolidated, the largest newsprint manufacturer in the world. He is also a counsel in the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault. Earlier, he was the Chairman and CEO of Hydro-Québec. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montreal and his law degree from l'Université Laval in Québec City. Mr. Drouin sits on the boards of Acres International, American Superconductor Corporation, Gesca (French daily newspapers), Provigo, nStein Technologies, Stelco, President's Choice Financial and the Sustainable Technologies Foundation of Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He...
  • Bush favors delay in FERC proposal on power grid management

    08/17/2003 9:42:58 AM PDT · by Brian S · 15 replies · 422+ views
    <p>The Bush administration supports a three-year delay in a controversial proposal that its supporters claim would make it easier to run the nation's electrical system, the president's top energy adviser said Sunday.</p> <p>Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the proposal would "force down the throats" a federal policy of deregulation that states with cheap power oppose.</p>
  • COUNTDOWN (443 DAYS) TO VICTORY '04--UPDATE from BUSH- Cheney '04 & NEWS from Dem Candidates/RECALL

    08/15/2003 8:49:46 AM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 27 replies · 374+ views
    Bush-Cheney '04/various ^ | August 15, 2003 | PhiKapMom/Various
    COUNTDOWN (443 DAYS) TO VICTORY '04 -- UPDATE from BUSH- Cheney '04 and NEWS from the DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES on RECALL The President and Congress are on the summer recess for the month of August so we decided to take some time off with these Countdown Threads as we prepare for the upcoming Presidential election. Today we are back with an Update from Bush-Cheney '04 along with information on the what the Democrat candidates are doing! ************************* TODAY'S ACTION ITEM! Please sign up today to get your own personal email of Bush-Cheney '04 updates. While at Bush-Cheney '04, sign up...
  • Power outages explained

    08/16/2003 11:28:25 AM PDT · by tictoc · 11 replies · 343+ views
    Shots across the bow ^ | August 15, 2003 | Shots across the bow
    Power grids and blackouts Yep, the lights went out for 50 million people yesterday, and we still don't really know why it happened. Canada blames a fault in our system; we blame a fault in Canada's system, or a bad transmission line in the Midwest, but we're all sure it wasn't a terrorist. Why? Just because nothing blew up? Let's try a little experiment, change the word terror to sabotage. Sound any more likely now? The leading theory on the root cause of the failure, at least, the leading theory as I rode in to work this morning, was the...
  • Blackout-The Terror Question

    08/16/2003 12:41:15 AM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 60 replies · 1,692+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/15/03 | Brian Ross
    The Terror Question No Signs of Deliberate Attack in Blackout, But Possibility Not Ruled Out Aug. 15— Despite official assurances to the contrary, could terrorists have exploited a vulnerable power grid to cause Thursday's massive blackout? The cause of the failure remains a mystery, as power was gradually returning from the largest-ever blackout in the nation's history, affecting some 50 million people in areas from Michigan to New York. And while there is no indication the power grid was sabotaged, some experts caution it is too soon to rule out any possible explanation — including cyber-terror. "Anybody who says that...
  • Bush Says Blackout Was 'Wake-Up Call'; United States and Canada would set up a joint task force

    08/15/2003 6:12:36 PM PDT · by Brian S · 16 replies · 442+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08-15-03
    By David Morgan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amid sweltering heat, the United States and Canada slowly recovered from the largest power outage in North American history on Friday, with President Bush calling the blackout a "wake-up call" to fix an antiquated electricity grid. The White House said the United States and Canada would set up a joint task force to determine the cause of the blackout, which hit tens of millions of people in New York, Detroit, Cleveland, Ottawa, Toronto and other cities. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday evening that power had been restored to 85 percent...
  • Scientists Warned About Weak Power Grid ["Any single backyard can completely stall the deal"]

    08/15/2003 5:11:58 PM PDT · by Russian Sage · 3 replies · 136+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Aug 15, 2003 | Dafna Linzer and Jim Krane
    NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists and engineers with the National Research Council warned the White House and Congress about the vulnerability of the power grid as recently as November, saying nationwide weaknesses needed to be repaired - and fast. Little has been done, despite a chorus of experts who've pushed since well before Sept. 11 to fix a grid that's riddled with threadbare links and plagued by chronic shortages. "The power grid has not gotten much more than important conversations since Sept. 11," said Paul Gilbert, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, which worked on the report for...
  • Investigation of blackout cause focuses on grid around Lake Erie

    08/15/2003 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 128 replies · 842+ views
    AP via Canoe ^ | August 15, 2003 | H. Josef Hebert
    (AP) - The largest power blackout in North American history prompted new calls Friday for overhauling the U.S. electricity system. Investigators said the power disruptions likely began in the Midwest but they have yet to pinpoint the cause. They are now focusing on a massive electrical grid that encircles Lake Erie, moving power from New York to the Detroit area, into Canada and back to New York state. There had been problems with the transmission loop in the past, officials said. The head of the North American Reliability Council, who earlier said northern Ohio may have been the flashpoint, later...
  • "How Russia Maintains A Reliable Power Grid" (explains some blackout causes)

    08/15/2003 7:55:40 AM PDT · by pttttt · 16 replies · 232+ views
    Transmission and Distribution World ^ | 1997 | Dr. Vladimir Semenov
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------ How Russia Maintains a Reliable Power Grid By Dr. Vladimir Semenov, Central Dispatching Office of the United Power System, Russia Transmission & Distribution World, Apr 1, 1997 The reliability of the Russian interconnected transmission system benefits from central control and standardized protection. Currently, the United Power System (UPS) comprises 73 regional power systems (RPS), 66 of which are incorporated into the UPS of Russia. The Amurskaja, Khabarovskaja and Dalne-vostochnaja RPS systems operate in parallel, forming the interconnected system of East Russia. Further east, four regional power systems still continue to operate in isolation. Approximately, 94% of the country's generating plant...
  • Cascading power outage stopped short of Pittsburgh [How Valley Forge Kept Penna Turned On]

    08/15/2003 2:10:06 AM PDT · by Petronski · 17 replies · 157+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, August 15, 2003 | Frank Reeves and Lillian Thomas, Post-Gazette Staff Writers
    <p>While the cascading blackouts that rolled west from New York took out close neighbors Erie, Akron and Cleveland, they stopped short of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Southwestern Pennsylvania was spared largely because it's on a different power transmission system and its equipment knew when to shut itself off.</p>
  • Blackout shows U.S., Canadian interdependence

    08/15/2003 4:24:37 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies · 218+ views
    Canoe/CP ^ | August 14, 2003 | Craig Wong
    TORONTO (CP) - A massive power outage that blacked out most of Ontario and several states in the northeastern United States on Thursday afternoon showed the deep interdependence of the North American power system. Canada trades significant quantities of electricity with the United States. Quebec is a major exporter to the northeast United States and together with Newfoundland and Labrador plans to make important expansions in electricity generating capacity. And the electricity grids in Canada and the U.S. link at 37 major points. Exports represent approximately seven per cent to 10 per cent of total Canadian generation and 1.2 per...
  • Who is National Grid USA? Who is National Grid Transco? [[Outage] vanity]

    08/15/2003 4:28:57 AM PDT · by syriacus · 15 replies · 795+ views
    National Grid Transco plc is an international energy delivery business, whose principal activities are in the regulated electricity and gas industries. We are the largest investor-owned utility in the UK, where we own and operate the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, and Britain's natural gas transportation system. We are one of the top ten electricity companies in the US, with the largest electricity transmission and distribution network in the New England/New York region, and also operate a gas distribution network in New York. Other electricity interests include interconnectors in the UK, US and Australia, and joint venture...
  • OUTAGE CAUSE IS GRID RIDDLE

    08/15/2003 3:29:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 30 replies · 186+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/15/03 | WILLIAM J. GORTA
    <p>August 15, 2003 -- Officials were still puzzling last night over the cause of the yesterday's massive blackout that stretched from Ottawa to New Jersey and from Cleveland to Long Island.</p> <p>Canadian officials said the outage was caused when lightning struck a power generating plant on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, but officials on this side of the border quickly disputed the claim.</p>
  • SCADA vs. the hackers [Can freebie software and a can of Pringles bring down the U.S. power grid?]

    08/14/2003 8:11:00 PM PDT · by StatesEnemy · 43 replies · 298+ views
    As far as we know, no one has ever deliberately hacked into the U.S. electrical grid and pulled the plug on millions or even thousands of people. Just as on Sept. 10, 2001, no one had ever deliberately crashed a jet airliner into a skyscraper. Is the power grid vulnerable to cyberattack? What about natural gas pipelines, nuclear plants, and water systems? Or refineries and other industrial facilities that run on similar Internet-enabled digital control systems? Could a terrorist or disgruntled employee cause lethal accidents and millions of dollars of damage? What about a bored 14-year-old? "Are we vulnerable?" asked...
  • We Predicted Blackout: Energy Expert

    08/14/2003 4:42:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 19 replies · 355+ views
    CBC ^ | August 14, 2003
    BOULDER, COLORADO - Energy experts have been warning about large-scale blackouts in North America since the early eighties. Bill Browning of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado says a report for the U.S. Pentagon in 1982 cautioned the American government about the fragility of the power grid system in North America. The institute is an energy think tank. Browning runs the green development section. "Everyone is pulling power and there's lots of big stations on the grid. All you need is one tenuous problem and it cascades throughout," Browning told CBC News Online. Other experts agree. "It's pretty close to...