Critical Infrastructure Technical Briefs

The NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure presents to public utility regulators, policymakers, utility industry leaders, and consumers, this landmark series of technical briefs on a complex set of issues pertaining to our nation’s critical utility infrastructures. These documents identify key strategies for our consideration as we meet ongoing challenges within each of the electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications sectors. Funding for this project was provided to NARUC by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U. S. Department of Energy.

Information Sharing Practices In Regulated Critical Infrastructure States: Analysis & Recommendations
This paper explores the efforts of State & Federal governments to create an environment where sensitive information can be provided for the purpose of critical infrastructure protection in the regulatory context, and offers a series of next steps for states to consider.
Energy Assurance Guidelines (developed with the National Association of State Energy Officials).
These guidelines integrate the lessons learned from responding to energy emergencies over the years, and discussions at a number of conferences, exercises and meetings at which the States defined their primary roles in mitigating energy emergencies, defining the components of critical energy infrastructure, and taking a lead in the protection of our nation's energy assets. States play a role in protecting energy assets within and beyond their borders, and respond to energy shortages, disruptions, and emergencies. This guidance is one element of state energy emergency planning.
Issue Paper on Critical Infrastructure Protection
The federal and state roles in critical infrastructure protection are introduced and explored, with a special focus on the role of the state agencies and public utility commissions.
Utility and Network Interdependencies: What State Regulators Need to Know
As explored here, almost all utilities operate networks, and these sector networks are highly interdependent, which in turn relates to consideration of vulnerability and planning which takes on an added dimension of complexity needs, as well as regulatory considerations.
A Primer on Energy Assurance for Public Utility Commissions
The primer provides an introduction to energy assurance planning, which broadens traditional energy emergency response and planning to include critical infrastructure protection and energy and fuel shortage mitigation.
State Government Organizational Issues, Roles, and Policy.
This discussion paper explores state governmental roles with respect to critical infrastructure protection, with a focus on the state public utility commissions and regulatory policy considerations.
Regional Coordination and Intergovernmental Communication in the Energy Sector
This paper highlights the importance of regional coordination and communication, focusing in particular on the protocols developed for the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators (EEAC) system that has identified state level energy experts for petroleum, gas and electricity.
Critical Infrastructure Information Sharing Rules: Model Protocols for States
The paper discusses both federal and state actions to date regarding the sharing of critical infrastructure information and provides a framework for future cooperation and efforts to harmonize information sharing among state commissions, the FERC and the Department of Homeland Security.
NARUC Inventory on State Energy Assurance Planning
The paper reports in detail the findings of a 2004 assessment of state commissions regarding energy assurance planning and related policy issues.
NARUC Inventory on Gas Curtailment Planning
The paper reports in detail the findings of a 2004 assessment of state commissions regarding gas curtailment planning and related policy issues.
Model State Protocols for Critical Infrastructure Protection Cost Recovery
The cost recovery of expenses associated with protecting critical electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water infrastructures is one of the most important issues to be addressed by the NARUC Ad Hoc Committee on Critical Infrastructure. This report synthesizes the work of the Committee to date and identifies cost recovery protocols successfully used by State regulatory commissions to address infrastructure security cost recovery requests. These cost recovery protocols can serve as models for States and will provide an essential means to help ensure that our Nation’s critical utility infrastructure is protected. The impressive amount of effort by State commissions shows a bedrock commitment for ensuring that utility infrastructure protection efforts are adequately funded in order that our Nation’s consumers can continue to receive an uninterrupted supply of utility services.