Physical Security of Electric Infrastructure (R.15-06-009)


Initiated in June 2015 in response to passage of Senate Bill 699, this proceeding directed the Commission “to consider rules to address the physical security of the distribution systems of electric corporations.” The rulemaking had an initial pre-hearing conference in October 2015, then resumed with a second PHC on February 2, 2017.  A Scoping Memo was issued March 10, 2017, establishing a series of staff-led workshops to address the current state of federal policies and establish information sharing protocols.  




This two-part rulemaking resumed in 2017, with the RASA staff providing advisory support including conducting public workshops at various locations in California to review current electric utility industry policies and activities to protect critical infrastructure.  A total of five public workshops are anticipated and an updated Staff white paper detailing strategies for utility protection of key distribution infrastructure and Commission oversight is expected to be issue in late 2017.


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Links to Key Documents:



Workshop 1, May 2, 2017 at CalOES, Mather, CA

Information Sharing, Protection, and Confidentiality | Establishing Proceeding Rules of Engagement for Input and Testimony on Sensitive Subjects | Establishing Protocols for Data Access and Transfer

SED Introductory slides


Workshop 2, May 31, 2017 at CPUC Auditorium, SF

    State, Federal, and Industry Standards and Responses; NERC CIP-014 and the post-Metcalf Environment          


            NERC presentation, Carl Herron

            SMUD presentation, James Day


Workshop 3, June 21, 2017 at Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA

How SB 699 Legislative Directive Informs CPUC Response and Responsibility; Threat Assessment, Critical Substation Protections and Incident Response and Resiliency


       SED Introductory slides  

       Data Gathering on Physical Security Incidents, Martin Kurtovich   

       Protecting Critical Electric Distribution Infrastructure, Harford Field III, Corporate Risk Solutions, Inc.

       Business Resiliency at SCE, Robert Kang   

       Incident Response and Resiliency, Stephen LaFond, Riverside Public Utilities   

       Joint Utility Straw Proposal slides  

       SDGE Draft Dist Security Proposal Discussion



Workshop 4, September 29, 2017 at California Public Utilities Commission Headquarters, San Francisco, CA


         SED Slides Workshop 4 

         Physical Security Overview 

         Draft SED Recommendations





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