- Aug 18, 2021 4:13 pm GMT
Ensuring a reliable electric grid requires much more than simply protecting the electric grid command and control ecosystem which NERC CIP addresses. Resource Adequacy, combined with resilience and protection controls are key, BUT, the electric grid does not operate in a vacuum - grid reliability and resilience depends on other critical infrastructure operations that must also be reliable and resilient. For example, an event that causes Natural Gas to stop flowing into the Northeast during peak load periods would have a severe impact on grid reliability and resilience, regardless of how it occurs, i.e. natural disaster or cyber attack. A coordinated attack aimed at electric transmission and grid pipeline critical infrastructure, could be devastating. The situation in Texas during storm Uri and the ongoing problems plaguing California with rolling blackouts are painful reminders of just how bad things can get, for other areas of the country. Texas and California seem to be taking urgent action to address grid reliability, while other areas of the country are taking a more relaxed approach. I guess this goes to show that, unfortunately, "pain is a wonderful educator".
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