Leah Kaiser has written an article for The Contractor’s Perspective outlining the Department of Energy’s new initiative to protect electricity operations from increasing cyber threats to the energy industry.

DOE’s initiative outlines four primary areas of focus: (1) encouraging the implementation of measures that increase “detection, mitigation, and forensic capabilities; (2) setting “concrete milestones” designed

Bottom Line Up Front: The Department of Energy (DOE) will implement new cybersecurity programs to enhance energy sector resilience. DOE’s announcement coincides with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s support for the DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). Expect to see resilience to cyber attacks in future government procurement activities.

On March 18, 2021, CESER announced several new research programs designed to enhance the safety and resilience of the U.S. energy sector. The Trump administration established CESER to protect critical energy infrastructure by assisting oil, natural gas, and electricity industries secure their infrastructure. Currently, energy infrastructure faces threats not only from climate and natural hazards, but also evolving and increasing physical and cyber threats.
Continue Reading White House and Congress Support Improved Cyber Resilience in the Energy Sector

In the United States, the largest category for water consumption is electric power generation. Similarly, the largest demand for electricity is water extraction and distribution (Department of Energy). This strong interdependence drives great opportunity in the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) to impact both energy and water consumption.

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A new legislation signed into law in August, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), will expand vastly the types of foreign investment transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) may review. Under the new law, a wide range of foreign investments affecting the U.S. energy sector

On September 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice that may impact wholesale rates in all federally regulated wholesale markets (not including ERCOT), possibly affecting: (i) merchant plant owners, (ii) wholesale market customers, (iii) renewable and gas fired generation, (iv) coal and nuclear power plant owners, and (v) power traders.  Husch Blackwell energy regulatory attorneys Linda Walsh, Chris Reeder and Sylvia Bartell issued a detailed client alert on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued by DOE requiring regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) “to ensure that certain reliability and resilience attributes of electric generation resources are fully valued.” The proposed market reform would provide
Continue Reading DOE Proposes Special Compensation to Coal and Nuclear Generators

In a four-part series recently published in Law360, Husch Blackwell’s energy regulatory group analyzed the significant aspects of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The first article focused on the QER’s discussion of the critical role that the nation’s electricity industry plays in supporting the country’s economy and national security.  The second installment examined the QER’s emphasis on grid security. The third focused on
Continue Reading Dissecting DOE’s Recent Quadrennial Energy Review

Electric powerlinesToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on grid security recommendations in the context of the newly adopted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”) and the Federal Power Act (“FPA”).  It discusses FERC role in grid security and suggests that FERC utilize its regional entities to assist in security planning.
Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part IV: Grid Security

Electric powerlinesToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on the barriers facing demand response and energy efficiency projects.  Part I of our “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System” series reviews the QER recommendations to improve procedures for transmission project development,  permitting, and system operations.  Part II focuses on the barriers facing renewable generation development and what can be done to improve project financing, access, and the siting process.

Demand Response

QER 1.2 proposes to improve energy management and demand response in buildings and industry through
Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part III: Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

energy_solarToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on grid modernization through increased renewable generation and its identification of opportunities to improve development, project financing, access, and the siting process. Part I of our series focused on “infrastructure challenges,” namely transmission and distribution and storage.

Renewable Generation Development

QER 1.2 dedicates significant analysis to renewable generation based on Federal environmental objectives. To encourage the deployment of clean energy generation, it recommends
Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part II: Renewable Generation