Washington D.C., September 25, 2020— The Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has announced cooperative agreements totaling $12 million over a three-year period to develop and deploy cyber and cyber-physical solutions for distribution and municipal utilities. CESER will partner with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as part of the congressionally directed initiative, with the funding being split equally between the two organizations.
“Grid security is a journey, not a destination,” said APPA President and CEO Joy Ditto. “This funding from DOE-CESER will provide us with critical resources to continue to navigate this journey. Developing and enhancing tools to assist public power and co-ops in protecting critical infrastructure will ultimately benefit the entire industry.”
The end goal is to provide utilities with emerging innovations at the hardware, firmware and/or software levels to protect the key operational technology components that enable the safe control of the physical systems that deliver electric power.
More information is available at Energy.gov.