24 Mar '14, 1pm

How Do We Really Protect the Grid from the Bad Guys?

So it was little surprise when the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the U.S. government had identified nine key substations (out of 55,000), whose coordinated destruction could knock out power coast-to-coast. This would not be a flicker of lights, but an outage that lasts weeks or even months, a blow to our electricity-steeped economy like something from a Dystopian movie. We’ve heard similar warnings before. As far back as 1982, Amory and Hunter Lovins raised the issue in “Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security.” Talk of the grid’s susceptibility heightened following 9/11, and after the Northeast Blackout of 2003, and again last year when gunman destroyed 17 transformers in an attack on Pacific Gas & Electric equipment. These latest threats aren’t being ignored. Federal action is underway to better guard the grid. But with so much awarene...

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