APPA to Receive DOE Funding for Grid Security Enhancements

April 4, 2016

Press Release

Washington, D.C. July 12, 2016—U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall today announced new funding of up to $15 million (subject to congressional appropriations) to support efforts by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to enhance cyber and physical security within their member utilities’ organizations.

APPA and NRECA will use the funds to develop security tools, educational resources, updated guidelines, and training on common strategies that member utilities can use to improve their cyber and physical security culture. Activities to bolster security capabilities will include exercises, utility site assessments, and comprehensive information sharing.

Approximately 26 percent of the nation’s electricity customers are served by public power utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

“Grid security is top of mind for public power utilities,” said APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly. “We are thankful to DOE for providing this funding, which will help public power utilities ‘up their game’ and build upon the resources and guidance APPA currently offers to its members.”

More information is available at Energy.gov.

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