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Electricity Cybersecurity

NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.”...more

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

by Nossaman LLP on

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

New Presidential Policy Directive Hopes to Coordinate Federal Response in the Event of a Cyber Attack

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In an implicit acknowledgment that the Federal government's response to cyberattacks is diffused among quite a number of agencies, the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 last week (July 26). The...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through...more

Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure are Increasing: Review Your Insurance As “Internet Of Things” Risks Grow and Change

In the December post Systemic Cyber Risks And The Internet of Things, we wrote about the increasing risk of cyber attacks on infrastructure and consumer products, and related insurance issues. We noted in that post that,...more

EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS on FERC, Nat Gas Record Year, Oil & Gas Exports, Winter Outlook, Cybersecurity & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2015

by King & Spalding on

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting - The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy...more

Energy bills move forward in Congress - Bipartisanship marks initial stage, but difficult debates may lie ahead

by Dentons on

The US Senate and House of Representatives have taken significant steps in recent days to advance the first comprehensive energy legislation since the passage of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Much has...more

FERC, NERC and Business Blackout: New CIP Standards and Fictional Cyber Attacks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) July 16, 2015, proposing to approve various Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards proposed by the North...more

House subcommittee considers reliability draft

by PretiFlaherty on

A congressional committee is considering legislation to assure reliability and security of the U.S. electricity grid. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's discussion draft includes a series of provisions designed to...more

Cyber Risks Facing Businesses Today

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Wylie Donald, a partner in the Insurance Coverage group at McCarter & English, counsels and litigates on insurance coverage and environmental matters. In this video, Wylie discusses the need to be proactive when it comes to...more

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

by PretiFlaherty on

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

FERC Proposes to Approve Overhaul of NERC Cybersecurity Standards

by Morgan Lewis on

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

President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

by Jackson Walker on

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: President Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed both an executive order and a presidential directive that together set forth the administration’s approach to two key cybersecurity related issues: (i) regulating critical...more

Legal Alert: New Regulation Under Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama yesterday issued an Executive Order to address the growing cyber threat to the Nation’s “critical infrastructure,” a term broadly defined to potentially cover natural gas and oil pipelines, storage sites and...more

Legal Duties To Avert, Mitigate, And Recover From Cyber Attacks On The Grid

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Introduction. In this brief essay, we have two objectives: first, to provide a glimpse at the complexities that will be faced by electric power utilities, wholesale power generators, power grid operators and their customers...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Regulatory

Communications Law: The Relentless Pursuit of Broadband Competition - As the Obama administration enters its second term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is one of many federal agencies likely...more

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