'It's getting scary''It's getting scary.' Lawmakers, Duke Energy look to protect substations with increased security
- Jan 27, 2023 12:44 pm GMT
Duke Energy says it's ready to work with
"We look forward to participating in the conversation around how to deter attacks on the electric grid as we work to continually enhance protections for our infrastructure," Duke spokesman
The most disruptive of the attacks occurred at Duke facilities in
Most of those left in the cold and dark live in the
Moss added that he not only welcomed Duke's involvement developing the legislation, but expected that kind of collaboration.
"I want everybody at the table," he explained. "I want the utilities there. I want security experts. I want other legislators there. There's ways we can work together and secure that grid a little better."
Moss added that his proposed Energy Security Act of 2023, just two sentences long at this point, is intentionally sparse because it's meant to be a conversation starter.
"We live in an era now where you can do so much with cameras, sound detectors, motion detectors, more lighting," he explained. "And don't get me wrong, some substations need more protection than others."
Some prospective measures to protect those facilities, like bullet-resistant barriers, would be costly, Moss added.
"But we know how expensive it is to not have those measures in place because we've seen what happened and we've seen how disruptive it was," he said. "And in all honesty, we don't know how much it cost Duke Energy" to repair and restart the damaged substations.
Brooks, the Duke Energy spokesman, declined to discuss specifics about the protective measures the
"But we incorporate multiple levels of security across our entire grid that includes physical and cyber protections, grid monitoring and a dedicated security team," he said. "And we are working to make the grid smarter to expand those capabilities."
Duke operates hundreds of substations in
In a similar incident
There were no outages tied to that incident, EnergyUnited said.
Other recent substation attacks have been reported in
"It's nationwide now," Moss noted. "More and more people are doing this, and it's getting scary."
It appears the legislation will have at least some bipartisan support in the
"It's still in the early stages," Brown told the online publication. "But I think we should work with Duke, that it needs to be some type of collaboration."
Duke isn't necessarily waiting on legislation requiring it to beef up protection, said Brooks, the company spokesman.
"Our security strategy is always evolving, and we use every event to improve that process and better serve customers," he said. "The last several weeks we have been reviewing the events that occurred in
Investigators have not publicly revealed a motive for the substation attacks or identified suspects.
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