North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives participate in national grid security and safety simulation

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives joined several of the state’s distribution cooperatives and more than 700 planners from across the nation in participating in this year’s bi-annual GridEx VI event, a national virtual simulation to support grid security and safety.

GridEx is the largest grid security exercise in North America and is held every two years by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center. It brings together industry and government leaders to simulate cyber and physical attacks on the power grid.

The Nov. 16-17 event provided co-op staff across the state a valuable opportunity to explore response and recovery scenarios involving simulated attacks on grid infrastructure, and to exercise cooperative crisis plans.

“GridEx is an important opportunity for our leadership and staff to practice and refine our response to crisis situations that affect our core grid infrastructure,” said Scott Brame, manager of compliance and jointly owned resources, and GridEx lead planner for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “Our participation in this simulation is a part of our deep commitment to grid security and safety, both physical and digital, and showcases our cooperative commitment to readiness.”

This year’s GridEx brought together 280 industry and government organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Electric utilities, state and federal agencies, critical infrastructure cross-sector partners and supply chain stakeholders worked through response scenarios to challenge assumptions, collaborate and enhance preparedness for current and evolving threats to the grid.

The event will return in 2023 with continued participation from N.C. electric co-ops.