Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), made the following statement today in response to the March 12, 2014, Wall Street Journal article regarding the physical security of the national electrical grid.
“No one takes the security of our nation’s electric systems more seriously than the more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Every day, NRECA works with our co-ops and partners to find more effective and efficient approaches for affordable, reliable and secure electricity throughout our network.
“We continually assess, improve and update our network to protect our systems from potential threats. There is no “one-size fits all” approach to security for any utility. Electric co-ops are committed to working with each other, the Administration and Congress to protect the security of the electrical grid and its components to provide reliable, affordable electricity for all Americans.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.