Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electricity System

Electricity is fundamental to our nation’s health, safety, and economy. However, natural disasters and other threats like cyberattacks have the potential to cause large-scale outages, putting lives at risk.

As requested in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, 2015, Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study the resilience and reliability of the nation's electric power transmission and distribution system.  A new Academies report resulting from this study addresses technical, policy, and institutional factors that might affect how modern technology can be implemented to improve the resiliency of the electric system, recommends strategies and priorities for how this might be achieved, and identifies barriers to implementation.

The chair and other members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a webinar beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System will be available to reporters only beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 19.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.