Electric Co-ops Release Ready-to-Use Tools for Securing the Smart Grid

ARLINGTON, VA; May 11, 2011—The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) hosts a conference call for reporters on Monday, May 16, at 11:00 a.m. to release to the industry and other stakeholders a set of practical tools that together comprise its new "Guide to Developing a Cyber Security and Risk Mitigation Plan." These practical tools – a guide, risk mitigation checklist and step-by-step plan template -- are already in use at the 23 co-ops participating in the Cooperative Research Network's regional smart grid demonstration project.

In 2009, Congress tasked the Department of Energy with administering a Stimulus-funded grants program to spur investments in "smartening" the grid and enhancing security. The development and dissemination of the Guide is a product of that effort. Who: Martin Lowery, Executive VP of External Affairs, NRECA Craig Miller, CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project Manager What: Conference call for reporters When: Monday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. Reporters who would like to participate should contact Courtney Lamie with NRECA at courtney.lamie@nreca.coop or at 703-907-5652 to receive the call-in number. About NRECA NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit electric cooperatives, municipals and public power districts. NRECA's members provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately twelve percent of all electric energy sold in the United States.