Vulnerabilities of the U.S. Electric Power Grid


Natural disasters, malfunctions, and terrorist attacks all have the potential to disrupt the transmission and distribution of electricity.  Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System, a National Research Council report recently approved for public release by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after a five-year delay, considers the vulnerabilities of the U.S. electric power grid system as well as the possible economic and social consequences of a major natural disaster or well-planned attack.  It also recommends ways to make the system less vulnerable, rapidly restore power if failure occurs, and sustain important services while the power is out.



Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 14.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Reporters: To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail