WIRAB Webinar on Critical Energy-Electric Infrastructure Information

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) hosted a webinar on the designation, protection, and sharing of critical electric infrastructure information. Critical electric infrastructure refers to systems or assets of the bulk-power system the incapacity or destruction of which would negatively affect national security, economic security, or public health or safety. The protection and appropriate sharing of sensitive infrastructure information is important to improving the security and resilience of the bulk-power system. The purpose of the webinar is to inform WIRAB’s comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a rulemaking to implement the provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

WIRAB’s webinar focused on criteria and procedures for designating information as CEII and steps FERC can take to facilitate the voluntary sharing of data with researchers and entrepreneurs working to improve the reliability and security of the bulk-power system. Panelists discussed how access to data can result in research and the development of tools that can be used to improve the security and reliability of the bulk-power system. Panelists included:

  • Timothy D. Heidel, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Scott McGaraghan, Enterprise Partner Product Management, Nest Labs
  • Ian Dobson, Sandbulte Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University
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    Links: Webinar Recording