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H.R. 5240 (115th): Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 9, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5240

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 9, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Latta) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To provide for certain programs and developments in the Department of Energy concerning the cybersecurity and vulnerabilities of, and physical threats to, the electric grid, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act.

2.

Program to promote and advance physical security and cybersecurity of electric utilities

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with State regulatory authorities, industry stakeholders, and other Federal agencies the Secretary determines appropriate, shall carry out a program to—

(1)

develop, and provide for voluntary implementation of, maturity models, self-assessments, and auditing methods for assessing the physical security and cybersecurity of electric utilities;

(2)

provide training to electric utilities to address and mitigate cybersecurity supply chain management risks;

(3)

increase opportunities for sharing best practices and data collection within the electric sector;

(4)

assist with cybersecurity training for electric utilities;

(5)

advance the cybersecurity of third-party vendors that work in partnerships with electric utilities; and

(6)

provide technical assistance for electric utilities subject to the program.

(b)

Scope

In carrying out the program under subsection (a), the Secretary of Energy shall—

(1)

take into consideration different sizes of electric utilities and the regions that such electric utilities serve;

(2)

prioritize electric utilities with fewer available resources due to size or region; and

(3)

to the extent practicable, utilize and leverage existing Department of Energy programs.

(c)

Protection of information

Information provided to, or collected by, the Federal Government pursuant to this section—

(1)

shall be exempt from disclosure under section 552(b)(3) of title 5, United States Code; and

(2)

shall not be made available by any Federal, State, political subdivision or tribal authority pursuant to any Federal, State, political subdivision, or tribal law requiring public disclosure of information or records.

3.

Report on cybersecurity and distribution systems

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with State regulatory authorities, industry stakeholders, and other Federal agencies the Secretary determines appropriate, shall submit to Congress a report that assesses—

(1)

priorities, policies, procedures, and actions for enhancing the physical security and cybersecurity of electricity distribution systems to address threats to, and vulnerabilities of, such electricity distribution systems; and

(2)

implementation of such priorities, policies, procedures, and actions, including an estimate of potential costs and benefits of such implementation, including any public-private cost-sharing opportunities.

(b)

Protection of information

Information provided to, or collected by, the Federal Government pursuant to this section—

(1)

shall be exempt from disclosure under section 552(b)(3) of title 5, United States Code; and

(2)

shall not be made available by any Federal, State, political subdivision or tribal authority pursuant to any Federal, State, political subdivision, or tribal law requiring public disclosure of information or records.

4.

Electricity interruption information

(a)

Interruption cost estimate calculator

The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, State regulatory authorities, industry stakeholders, and other Federal agencies the Secretary determines appropriate, shall update the Interruption Cost Estimate Calculator, as often as appropriate and feasible, but not less than once every 2 years.

(b)

Indices

The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, State regulatory authorities, industry stakeholders, and other Federal agencies the Secretary determines appropriate, shall, as often as appropriate and feasible, update the following:

(1)

The System Average Interruption Duration Index.

(2)

The System Average Interruption Frequency Index.

(3)

The Customer Average Interruption Duration Index.

(c)

Survey

The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration shall collect information on electricity interruption costs, if available, from a representative sample of owners of electric grid assets through a biennial survey.

5.

Definitions

In the Act, the following definitions apply:

(1)

Electric utility

The term electric utility has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).

(2)

State regulatory authority

The term State regulatory authority has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).