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Letter: State must take steps to protect electric grid

State must take steps to protect electric grid

The spate of recent cyberattacks is yet another warning that New York State should take every precaution to protect our electric grid from such attacks, which could arise from numerous bad actors.

A successful cyberattack could result in New Yorkers facing consequences far worse than the historic 2003 blackout, where 96 people died and New York City alone had more than $1 billion in economic damage. Experts have warned that attacks are increasingly likely and that the loss of power could last for several weeks, causing widespread problems.

Fortunately, our state and national officials have been taking steps to bolster better grid security, including a major December 2016 cybersecurity exercise conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The recent events show it’s time to redouble our efforts. State and federal policymakers should take seriously the threat to our grid and work expeditiously to make necessary upgrades. We can’t afford to wait.

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer

Chairman

New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance

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