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Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

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

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

Capital Thinking Updates - June 24, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 3, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, June 3, at 2:00 pm and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 954, the Farm Bill, provided that alfalfa...more

Capital Thinking Updates - May 16, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

REGULATORY: FERC: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Bulk Electric System Cyber Security Standards

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NOPR”) stating that it intends to approve Version 5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”)...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2013

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - Oil & Gas Litigation: New Decision May Impede Fracking on Federal Land - Intellectual Property: Non-Practicing Entities (Patent Trolls) Target Oil and Gas...more

Energy Law Alert: FERC Approves New CIP Reliability Standards Despite Concern Over Ambiguity In Multiple Areas

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending approval of the Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards proposed by the North American...more

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

Out With the Old, in With the New – CIP Version 5 on the Horizon

Electric utilities and other generation and transmission companies will be subject to new cybersecurity standards under a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC proposed to approve the...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2013

In This Issue: *REGULATORY: - U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector Advance in the United States and European Union -...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

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

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

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 17, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, December 17, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation considered under Suspension of the...more

FERC Forms New Office to Focus on Cybersecurity

In the absence of new federal cybersecurity legislation, FERC uses its available authority in an effort to increase the resilience of the nation's critical electric infrastructure to cyber attacks....more

FERC Launches New Cybersecurity Office

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is creating a new office to address cyber and physical security risks to FERC-jurisdictional facilities, such as electric generation and transmission facilities, oil and gas...more

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