Stephen Spina

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FERC Proposes Reforms to Improve Gas-Electric Coordination

Through a trilogy of orders, FERC seeks to reform the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline capacity with electricity markets. Electric generators’ increased reliance on natural gas in recent years...more

3/24/2014 - Energy FERC Natural Gas Pipelines Utilities Sector

FERC Directs Reliability Standards for Physical Security

New Reliability Standards will require physical protections for critical electric system facilities, including substations and control centers. Following well-publicized threats to the physical security of electric...more

3/12/2014

FERC Approves Version 5 CIP Reliability Standards, Rejects Key Reforms

The Commission rejects NERC’s proposal to reform the existing “zero tolerance” to CIP compliance, describing the proposal as too ambiguous and unworkable. On November 22, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC...more

12/3/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Energy FERC NERC

FERC Proposes to Approve Overhaul of NERC Cybersecurity Standards

Major revisions to the existing cybersecurity requirements for electric utilities will focus on greater protections for the most critical assets but will also ensure that all assets receive some level of protection....more

4/23/2013 - CISPA Cybersecurity Electricity FERC NERC NIST NOPR Power Grid

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Order will create a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework for designated critical infrastructure within a year. On February 12, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security...more

2/15/2013 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS DOE Executive Orders Information Sharing Infrastructure NIST Nuclear Power Presidential Directives Voluntary Standards

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