Committee on Critical Infrastructure

Final Program  (Using agenda content available as of June 25, 2016) 

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Sunday, July 24

Location: Broadway G/H                             
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Introductions by the Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey (Chair, Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. 

Updates from Federal Partners

Bill Cummins, Energy and Transportation Sector Liaison, U.S. DHS

Matt Duncan, Program Manager, U.S. DOE

1:35 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

International Cybersecurity Challenges: Implications for U.S. Public Utilities and their Regulators

Panelists will discuss global cybersecurity threats affecting public utilities in the United States and other countries. Among the topics included are the sources and nature of international threats to U.S. public utilities; lessons learned from the Ukrainian penetration; the United Kingdom's regulatory structure and its cybersecurity defense capabilities; and finally a review of cyber threat management in other countries.


Moderator: Hon. Arthur House, Chairman, Connecticut

Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon LLC

Bill Bryan, President, ValueBridge International, Inc.

Eric Slavinsky, CIO, PPL Corporation

3:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 


3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Briefing on EPRI's Recently Launched EMP Program

In this briefing, EPRI will outline its recently-launched EMP initiative, progress to date, and plans for the future. Electromagnetic radiation is a growing concern in the energy business. It can include intentional events -- such as weaponized electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or intentional electromagnetic interference -- or natural events, such as geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) from solar flares. While the industry has worked to develop an effective response to GMD, less work has been centered on the effects of an EMP attack.  EPRI is collaborating with electric utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a response to EMP threats.  The intention of EPRI’s research on EMP is to provide a sound, technical basis from which utilities can effectively evaluate potential impacts, mitigation, and recovery plans.

This three-year collaborative effort will:

  1. Characterize specific EMP threats;
  2. Assess substation component vulnerability;
  3. Assess methodologies for determining system impact; and
  4. Assess and develop mitigation strategies including hardening and recovery to enable utilities to make important decisions about system resiliency.

Speaker: Rob Manning, EPRI Vice President of Transmission, EPRI

Presentation Resources:

3:35 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Grid Resiliency and Physical Security

The North American bulk electric power grid is one of the most complex technological networks in the world. Recent events highlight that this interconnected network is encountering a new range of threats. In the event of large-scale and widespread damage to the US transmission infrastructure, restoration of the grid could be hampered by long lead times required to build and deliver critical replacement equipment including large power transformers, circuit breakers and other specialized electrical equipment. Consumers benefit from opportunities that allow for economical access to critical equipment faster than traditionally possible. This session will explore areas where state and federal regulators and industry can and are working together to encourage, facilitate, and leverage actions taking place in the utility space to support a more resilient transmission grid.  This panel aims to educate attendees on challenges and potential solutions in creating a more resilient grid.

Moderator: Hon. Philip Jones, WA UTC

Michael Deggendorf, CEO, Grid Assurance

TBA, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 

Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager, ABB Consulting 

 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Business Meeting


Monday, July 25

Location: Broadway E
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

State Regulation of Physical and Cybersecurity of Utility Distribution Systems (Joint session with the Electricity, Water, and Gas Committees.)

Hear about the actions that two States have taken to address the increasing threats against utility distribution systems. FERC Commissioner LaFleur will then provide a federal perspective on these State actions. The discussion will include how all parties may coordinate efforts and provide information sharing using, among things, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

Moderator: Hon. Philip Jones, Washington

Hon. Cheryl LaFleur, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey

Hon. Arthur House, Connecticut

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