The U.S. Electrical Grid: Surviving Cyber-Terrorism and Solar Flares - NR&E | Spring 2011
The grid has evolved from its simple local connections of about a century ago to the current “smart grid” configuration. There is growing concern, however, over the grids vulnerability to attack as well as damage through natural phenomenon. The article provides a brief history of the legal and regulatory evolution of the grid and the inherent vulnerabilities that have precipitated that evolution. It explores the efforts of the federal government to improve security of the grid through the advancement of critical infrastructure protocols and concludes by considering the impact a major solar storm could have on the grid’s ability to operate.