Thursday 6 March 2014

Following my blog on energy security I was sent a link to a US news story on energy security I had missed.  Jon Wellinghoff, a former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and therefore a very reliable witness, drew national headlines when he reported a potential terrorist attack on the US power grid.  Apparently last April there was a military style assault on a Californian sub-station feeding Silicon Valley.  Jon Wellinghoff decided to go public because of his concerns that not enough is being done to protect the grid.  It seems that snipers opened fire on the sub-station and over 19 minutes took out 17 transformers.  The shooters disappeared when police arrived and no arrests have yet been made.  Military experts regard it as a professional job.  Jon Wellinghoff said “what keeps me awake at night is a physical attack that could take down the grid”. Worrying indeed.


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