Physical Security of Electric Infrastructure (R.15-06-009)
Initiated in June 2015 in response to passage of Senate Bill 699, this proceeding directed the Commission "to consider rules to address the physical security of the distribution systems of electric corporations."
Utility Annual Reports Submitted to the Commission in Accordance with Requirements of Public Utilities Commission Section 590 (click here).
January 22, 2019 - By a 4-0 vote, the Commission on January 22, 2019, approved the Physical Security Decision, D.19-01-018, marking California as the first state in the nation to adopt rules to safeguard its electric distribution grid against terrorist attack. In response, California’s electric utilities have prepared threat assessments and security plans that identify “critical” assets and propose security mitigation measures. Adoption of D.19-01-018 marks another milestone in the CPUC’s Safety Policy Division carrying out the Legislature’s directives of SB 699 and Public Utilities Code Section 364 to ensure the security and resilience of those electric distribution grid assets subject to Commission oversight.
In January 2018, SPD’s Risk Assessment section published a staff white paper Security and Resilience for California Electric Distribution Infrastructure: Regulatory and Industry Response to SB 699. The report assesses the readiness of California’s electric utility companies to respond to a terrorist attack and the grid’s ability to withstand such an organized attack, and makes recommendations for low-cost mitigations and approaches to enhance grid security and reduce the prospects and damage of any such future incident. The white paper also provides extensive background on California and Federal steps to establish physical security protocols for the electricity sector, and describes Commission staff's approach to the problem.
In 2017, in support of the proceeding, SPD's Risk Assessment section facilitated four public workshops and convened a technical working group to advance understanding of the issues surrounding physical security, elicit input and expertise from experts and stakeholders, and to reach broad consensus on a set of challenges and opportunities.
In 2015, SB 697 amended Public Utilities Code Section 364 and added Public Utilities Code Section 590, which had the effect of relocating within the Public Utilities Code the language prescribing utility annual reporting requirements.
Links to Key Documents:
- Proposed Decision, November 9, 2018, Physical Security of Electrical Corporations, Attachment 1 to the Proposed Decision
- Administrative Law Judge Kelly’s Ruling Allowing Comments on Commission Staff Recommendations for the Joint Utility Proposal January 16, 2018
- Commission Staff Recommendation for Commission Consideration January 4, 2018
- Commission Staff Physical Security White Paper January 2018
- Updated Utility Draft Proposal for Physical Security Regulations August 31, 2017
- Administrative Law Judge Kelly Ruling Issuing Workshop Notes and Request for Straw Proposals July 12, 2017
- Administrative Law Judge Kelly Scoping Memo March 10, 2017
- Order to Initiate Rulemaking 15-06-009 June 11, 2015
- Commission Staff White Paper, Regulation of Physical Security for the Electric Distribution System February 2015
- Authorizing legislation, SB 699, chaptered September 25, 2014
Stakeholder Engagement Program
Workshop 1, May 2, 2017 at CalOES, Mather, CA
Information Sharing, Protection, and Confidentiality | Establishing Proceeding Rules of Engagement for Input and
Testimony on Sensitive Subjects | Establishing Protocols for Data Access and Transfer
Workshop 2, May 31, 2017 at CPUC Auditorium, SF
State, Federal, and Industry Standards and Responses; NERC CIP-014 and the post-Metcalf Environment
Workshop 3, June 21, 2017 at Southern California Edison, Rosemead
How SB 699 Legislative Directive Informs CPUC Response and Responsibility; Threat Assessment, Critical Substation
Protections and Incident Response and Resiliency
Workshop 4, September 29, 2017 at California Public Utilities Commission Headquarters, San Francisco, CA