From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Voters Expect Grid Attack But Hope For Best
Date: Sun Aug 10 18:00:27 MDT 2014


Poll: Voters Expect Grid Attack But Hope For Best


By Emily Holden (@emilyhholden)


Public interest groups and think tanks have for years been sounding the alarm on critical cybersecurity weaknesses that could bring the U.S. electric grid to a grinding halt.


Awareness of grid security has crept into the American subconscious as people have seen more and more news reports that read like spy novels—Russian and Chinese hackers with quirky names like “Energetic Bear” and “UglyGorilla” launching malware attacks and gathering sensitive information that could be used in cyber warfare to shut down electric lines or power plants.


According to a Morning Consult poll, 75 percent of voters think there’s at least a 50-50 chance that the energy industry will be the target of a major cyber attack within the next few years. But most think the situation is being handled. Almost half—49 percent—think the sector is “somewhat prepared,” and another 10 percent say it is “very prepared.” On the other hand, nearly a third—31 percent—say the industry is “not too prepared” and another 10 percent say it isn’t prepared at all. READ THE FULL STORY.




Morning Consult Top Reads: August 3 - August 9

The Top Ten Links You Clicked This Week


1) EPA Coal Plant Emissions Limits Challenged by 12 States

from Bloomberg by Andrew Zajac and Mark Drajem


2) FERC's Norris to leave agency; announcement expected this week

from SNL by Esther Whieldon


3) As Industry Pushes for Exports, Voters Fear Price Increases

from Morning Consult by Emily Holden


4) Deal Struck in Colorado Over Vote on Drilling

from New York Times by Jack Healy


5) Skirting Keystone XL Pipeline

from Roll Call by Randy Leonard


6) American Consumers' Energy-Related Concerns 

from University of Michigan Energy Survey


7) Grouse measures defer drilling in much of Wyoming

from Houston Chronicle by Mead Gruver (AP)


8) Q&A with NACAA: States leaning toward cap-and-trade programs to implement EPA CO2 rule

from SNL by Eric Wolff


9) Sierra Club Ends Opposition to Southern Co. Clean-Coal Plant in Mississippi

from Wall Street Journal by Rebecca Smith


10) Africa, where 60% are without power, sees fossil fuels as a bridge

from E&E by Lisa Friedman






Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): August 11 - August 15


Tuesday: USEA talk on electric industry managing accelerated market and technological change @ 10 am