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Securing critical infrastructure from sophisticated cyber and physical attacks is a top national priority. As recent attacks on the Ukraine electric grid and Metcalf substation have demonstrated, coordinated and sophisticated attacks are a real threat to the nation’s electric grid. A well-planned and executed physical attack on critical substations can cause widespread blackouts that would last for months. Blackouts of that length would cripple the U.S. economy. This paper reviews government and industry initiatives to improve grid resiliency and shows that the current strategies are not sufficient to protect the nation’s electric grid. The authors propose a plan for reducing the number of critical substations through a combination of government mandates and market incentives to bring power generation closer to customers.

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Ephram Glass

Ephram Glass

Managing Consultant

Ephram Glass is an independent utility consultant specializing in smart grid services and enterprise asset management. In his thirteen years in the industry, he has worked on load growth planning, renewable energy and demand response regulatory affairs, generator...

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Victor Glass

Victor Glass

Rutgers Business School

Victor Glass is Director, CRRI Scholar, and Professor of Professional Practice - Finance and Economics, Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick, Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Glass was Director of Demand Forecasting and Rate Development at...

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