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NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

FERC Proposes Updates to Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for Cybersecurity of Low Impact Bulk Electric System...

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on October 26, suggesting updates to the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard governing cybersecurity...more

Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency in the Spotlight with DOE Pricing NOPR & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Pushing through a record hurricane season has tested the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as that of the energy infrastructure we so heavily rely upon. In the last month, we have seen efforts on multiple fronts with a...more

FERC Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules for Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed new rules to enhance cybersecurity for the electric grid in the U.S., which includes security management controls to specifically respond to risks associated with...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed Reliability Standards focus on vulnerabilities in vendor products and services and would regulate the utility procurement process....more

FERC Declines to Require Cybersecurity Modifications to Bulk Electric System Control Centers

On October 2, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) terminated its inquiry into the need for, and potential effects of, modifications to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)...more

What’s New in Washington - June 2017

Despite the headlines coming out of Washington, Congress continues to move forward in regular fashion, discussing and acting upon key issues, such as funding the government, addressing the need to raise the debt ceiling and...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: David McCurdy, CEO, American Gas Association

Ed Hild: Let’s talk a little bit about the new Presidential administration and what impact it might have on the gas industry. Throughout the campaign, President Trump spent a lot of time talking about relaxing regulations on...more

Department of Energy Raises Concerns on Cybersecurity for Grid

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy has raised serious concerns regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the U.S. energy grid in its Quadrennial Energy Review. Chapter IV of the Review (which begins on its 272nd page)...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

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

FERC Takes Action on Cybersecurity in Response to Ukrainian Cyber Attacks

by Alston & Bird on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) and Final Rule at the end of July to address several urgent cybersecurity issues affecting the bulk electric system. FERC is taking these...more

The energy sector deals with cyber-risks: key points

by DLA Piper on

Cyber-risks have become a part of life in American business, and the energy sector is certainly not exempt from these dangers. Indeed, the sector’s critical infrastructure has been identified as a global target, and several...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

Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate...more

A Closer Look at Cybersecurity Legislation and Regulations in the US and Abroad - United States

by WilmerHale on

Legal Framework - Summarise the main statutes and regulations that promote cybersecurity. Does your jurisdiction have dedicated cybersecurity laws? The United States generally addresses cybersecurity...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues final rule on cybersecurity standards

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final rule, which creates standards for cybersecurity of the electric grid. The final rule adopts seven revised critical infrastructure protection...more

FERC Accepts Revisions to Cybersecurity Reliability Standards, Orders Further Revisions

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued Order No. 822, approving revisions to certain Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards developed (and primarily...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2015

by King & Spalding on

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects - This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering,...more

Highway Bill Adds New Security Measures to Federal Power Act

by Morgan Lewis on

Amendments to Federal Power Act grant the DOE authority to order emergency protective actions by utilities, provide greater protections for Critical Energy Infrastructure Information, and exempt utilities from environmental...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

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate: Congress returns from the Columbus Day holiday this week to full schedules in both chambers, including several energy and environment hearings of interest. In the meantime, the Obama...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

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