From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Heartbleed Could Hit Energy Grid
Date: Sun Apr 27 18:01:01 MDT 2014




Heartbleed Could Hit Energy Grid


By Emily Holden (@emilyhholden)


The nation’s electricity infrastructure could be exposed to the infamous Heartbleed security bug, a possibility that has experts worried hackers could use that vulnerability to access sensitive communications and coordinate a devastating attack that could shut down chunks of the U.S. power grid.


The discovery of the gorily-named security gap—caused by a glitch in widely used OpenSSL software—sent tech giants scrambling several weeks ago for a patch for the websites people use most. But the problem is much more pervasive and poses risks far beyond making passwords and credit card information easier to steal. Attackers could also use Heartbleed to infiltrate the industrial control systems the energy sector uses to keep the electric grid running. READ THE FULL STORY.



Morning Consult Top Reads: April 20- April 25


The Top Ten Links You Clicked This Week


1) Politics May Impact How Voters See Energy Affordability
from Morning Consult by Emily Holden 


2) Obama Extends Review of Pipeline Project
from Wall Street Journal by Amy Harder and Janet Hook


3) Debate on Crude Export Ban Ignites Lobbying in DC

from Houston Chronicle by Jennifer A. Dlouhy


4) Proposal to Prevent Grid Attack Lacks Power, Critics Say

from Wall Street Journal by Rebecca Smith


5) Price of Gas in U.S. Rises as Refiners Export More to Other Countries

from Wall Street Journal by Nicole Friedman

6) U.S. Regulators to Propose Enhanced Tank Car Standards
from Reuters by Patrick Rucker, Josephine Mason and Ros Krasny


7) Conservative Heavyweights Have Solar Industry in Their Sights
from Los Angeles Times by Evan Halper

8) U.S. EPA Cuts 2013 Target for Cellulosic Biofuel

from Reuters by Ayesha Rascoe 


9) White House Disputes Report on Keystone XL Decision
from National Journal by Jason Plautz


10) Challenges Lie Ahead for North American Oil Production

from New York Times by Clifford Krauss







Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): April  28- May 2


Monday: House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on federal water regulations @ 9 am
Monday: National Academy of Sciences webcast of annual meeting with McCarthy @ 9 am
Monday: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions discussion on role of nuclear power @ 9:30 am
Monday:  EPA teleconference meeting on draft advisory report on water body connectivity @ 1 pm
Monday: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference @ 1 pm
Monday: Quarterly Earnings— Cleco Corp, UNS Energy Corp
Tuesday: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference with Moniz @ 9 am
Tuesday: FERC technical conference on critical infrastructure protection @ 10 am
Tuesday: House Natural Resources hearing on energy jobs @ 10 am
Tuesday: Energy and Commerce hearing on chemical review and regulation @ 10:15 am
Tuesday: Natural Gas Roundtable lunch with administrator of Energy Information Administration @ Noon
Tuesday: Environmental Law Institute discussion on preparing for high-profile industrial accidents @ Noon
Tuesday: Quarterly Earnings— Power Integrations Inc, Portland General Electric Co, TECO Energy Inc, REX Energy Corp
Wednesday: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference @ 8 am
Wednesday: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation discussion on energy efficiency @ 8:30 am
Wednesday: House Homeland Security markup of chemical facility anti-terrorism legislation @ 9:30 am
Wednesday: FERC seminar on environmental compliance for natural gas facilities in Seattle @ 11 am
Wednesday: American Council on Renewable Energy webinar on Latin America and Caribbean @ Noon
Wednesday: Senate Indian Affairs hearing on tribal energy development @ 2:30 pm
Wednesday: Quarterly Earnings—Dominion Resources, Exelon Corp, NextEra Energy Inc, Southern Co
Thursday: Senate Energy hearing on winter propane shortages @ 2:30 pm
Thursday: Quarterly Earnings—CenterPoint Energy Inc, Exxon Mobil Corp, ITC Holdings Corp, OGE Energy Corp, PG&E Corp, Southwestern Energy Co
Friday:  EPA teleconference meeting on draft advisory report on water body connectivity cont. @ 1 pm
Friday: Quarterly Earnings—Cheniere Energy Partners, Chevron Corp, Consolidated Edison Inc, Northeast Utilities, Sempra Energy