Power Grid Down Drill To Be Conducted By US Government

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Tara Dodrill

Power grid vulnerabilities are finally garnering some attention by government officials.

An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.

Power Grid Down Drill To Be Conducted By US Government

The downed power grid simulation will reportedly focus on both physical and cyber attacks. The antiquated electrical system in the United States has been one of the most neglected pieces of integral infrastructure.

The EMP Commission, created by Congress, released a report in 2008 calling for increased planning and testing, and a stockpiling of needed repair items.

The SHIELD Act, which is stalled in Congress, is the first serious piece of legislation in many years to attempt to address the vulnerabilities of the power grid in. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, a recent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report gave the power grid a “D+” when grading various pieces of infrastructure and public services in the United States.

The disaster drill is being described as a crisis practice unlike anything the real power grid has ever experienced. The GridEX II drill Nov. 13-14 will focus primarily on how governments will react if the electrical grid fails and, for instance, the food supply chain collapses.

American utility companies are responsible for running approximately 5,800 power plants and about 450,000 high-voltage transmission lines, controlled by various devices which have been put into place over the past decades. Some of the utility companies which oversee the power grid reportedly use “antique computer protocols” which are “probably” safe from cyber hackers,” The New York Times reported.

The Times said experts call the power grid the nation’s “glass jaw.” Even the military gets 99 percent of its power the same way everyday citizens get it – from commercially run companies.

“If an adversary lands a knockout blow, [experts] fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11,” The Times said.

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Curt Hebert stated that if the nation fails at electricity, “we’re going to fail miserably” at everything else.

Hebert also noted that during prior power grid drills, the scenario assumed the system would be up and running again relatively quickly after an attack. This drill will assume it’s out much longer.

If the power grid fails, a lack of electricity and food delivery are only the first wave of troubles facing the American people. Police could face major problems with civil unrest. Of course, there also would not be any electric heating or cooling, which easily could lead to many deaths depending on the season.

A 2012 report by the National Academy of Science said terrorists could cripple the nation by damaging or destroying hard-to-replace components, some of which aren’t even made in the United States.

“Of particular concern are giant custom-built transformers that increase the voltage of electricity to levels suited for bulk transmission and then reduce voltage for distribution to customers,” The Times said in a summary of the report. “… Replacing them can take many months.”

Said Clark W. Gellings, a researcher at the Electric Power Research Institute, “I don’t think we pay quite enough attention to the technology fixes that would allow us to make the power system more resilient.”

Source: offthegridnews


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3 Comments »

  1. texascommtech September 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    It makes NO sense to do this, we know & have known for a LONG time that our generation & distribution systems need a MAJOR upgrade, but they haven’t done it even though it would create many jobs, business opportunities and enhance our security & efficiency. There is something really wrong, very evil going on besides the obvious; it does not take thousands & thousands of FBI, DHS agents to be involved in this; it takes engineers, linemen, technicians. I have a very, very bad feeling about this.

  2. 5 War Veteran August 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    It has been MY EXPERIENCE in drills like this that when it goes down it does not all come back up. In the military we said “If it ain’t broke don’t FU@k with it!” Who will be held responsible for the damages? We will!
    If the grid is not already hardened, what will a drill prove? A waste of money and time. Since FEMA Zone 3 is preparing for civil war and the timing of this “drill” coincides with that possibility I suspect this is a set up to disable Americans from reacting. Loss of infrastructure.
    Comprendo?

    • Chaos August 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      5 War… Yep… I think you are on to the real Motive. If you have to deal with Rolling Blackouts justified as drills what happens when we have a REAL Blackout or Grid Failure? Sheeple will be complacent and just expect the power to eventually come back on. In the rare event of an EMP attack or a major Solar Flare Direct Hit ..It may be months until the Grid is turned back on. Whenever the ZOG GOV decides to “Cut the Power” to the internet and/or the electrical grid the current ZOG regime can blame the loss of the internet on grid failure. I have buddies who work for Power Companies (as in Generation and in Distribution) and also Cell Phone Tower climbers. The Grid goes down, so does the Cell Phones. Even when they did work during 9-11 cell phones were jammed from way too much traffic. Loss of Infrastructure is right. Our 21st Century technology will be gone in a blink of an eye. It may be the Sun to Blame or an enemies EMP attack or our very own Regime carrying out it’s plans for us.

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