The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) are coming together to alleviate cybersecurity dangers about the implementation of solar power projects. These two firms hope that the United States Department of Energy can back them up in this fight. The back up is specifically for pooling together stakeholders in the government and private sector to comprehensively develop solar-cybersecurity programs and plans for the implementation of solar industry projects in various states.
Solar energy is seemingly becoming an essential commodity now that nations are progressing towards net-zero emissions. Therefore, it is crucial to counteract potential cybersecurity risks curtailing the launch of solar projects at the federal, state, and private-sector levels. Stakeholders at these levels must be high minded to make absolute decisions.
The newly developed communication systems and the operational grid technology are evolving the management of grids and, at the same time, revealing the cyber weaknesses in the system. NASEO and NARUC are aggressive in their efforts to resolve the cyber risks accruing even at the solar infrastructure development stage.
The Commissioner of the California Energy Commission and Chairman of the NASEO board of directors, Andrew McAllister, says the more technical and digital energy systems are the more exposed to cyber threats they become. He adds that the solar industry is not an exception, especially now that it is inevitable to send data digitally. The only solution is to create a multi-stakeholder initiative to bring together excellent ideas on how to secure solar projects from cyber risks. This way, they can discuss how to realize net-zero carbon emissions.
Commissioner Gladys Brown-Dutrieuille, the chair of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as well as NARUC, says that it is time to involve both the states and the federal government and the private sector stakeholders to plan an efficient and secure transmission to solar energy. This combination is sure to develop top-notch cybersecurity for all the details that involve the solar industry.
Additionally, these stakeholders will bring together their technical skills to develop the solar industry. This way, the solar industry is secure from cyber threats, and internal conflicts are resolvable amicably. No stakeholder can play foul and go unpunished.
Finally, this initiative will comprise the state advisory group and educate the various stakeholders on the technicals of cybersecurity so that everyone is on par with the plan. All the stakeholders are required to develop strategies to safeguard the activities revolving around the solar industry.