could use the southern border of the United States to launch a major biological weapons or dirty bomb attack on American soil.
Because of the growing risks to the nation's electric grid, DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) finally completed its Recovery Transformer (RecX) program, and published a final report that contains lessons learned, evaluations and considerations for a spare transformer strategy to support our nation’s electric grid in the event of an EMP attack, CME or some other natural or manmade disaster that severely disrupts the nation's power grid.
According to DHS S&T, “RecX is a mobile spare extra high voltage (EHV) transformer designed to be rapidly deployed in the event of a transformer failure. Development of the prototype RecX was completed in 2011 by the manufacturer ABB and the Electric Power Research Institute.
The RecX was successfully field tested in CenterPoint Energy’s grid in March 2012. The field test demonstrated RecX’s rapid deployment speed by reducing the time needed to transport, install and energize from the typical 8-12 weeks to less than six days.
DHS S&T stated that, “In April 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) released their Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which highlights the significant risks associated with EHV transformers.
The QER recommends that ‘DOE should lead—in coordination with DHS and other federal agencies, states and industry—an initiative to mitigate the risks associated with the loss of transformers,’ including ‘development of one or more transformer reserves through a staged process.’
Part of this development process requires assessing ‘technical specifications for reserve transformers’ and how reserve transformers should be stored and deployed.”
- Effective collaboration of government (DHS, DOE and others), EPRI, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), utilities, private enterprise (OEMs and others), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and regulators is critical for success over the long term. Due to the critical nature of this work, EPRI recommends a forum for exchange of information on this topic between representatives of these stakeholders."
DID CONGRESS BUY INTO THIS?
SHOULDN'T WE DEMAND TO KNOW WHY NOT?
OR SHOULD WE JUST WAIT FOR ISIS TO GET LUCKY...OR FOR CHINA TO TAKE DOWN THE GRID?