Colorado one of four states selected by National Governors Association for GridEx V electrical grid exercise assistance

DENVER - Colorado has been selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) as one of four states in the U.S. to participate in the North American Energy Reliability Corporation's (NERC) GridEx V exercise and NGA workshop. The workshop seeks to enhance state and utility emergency preparedness through a simulated cyber and physical incident on the electrical grid.

Representatives from Colorado will include individuals from the Public Utilities Commission within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Department of Public Safety (CDPS), and Xcel Energy.

The biennial exercise, conducted November 13-14, 2019 by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), will focus on incident response planning, local and regional response, interdependent sector engagement, and communication efforts. Participants will remotely respond to the simulated events to determine how their organizations, including governors and states, might respond in a real-world event.

In a joint statement, Executive Directors Stan Hilkey (CDPS), Patty Salazar (DORA), and Theresa Szczurek (OIT) commented, “Colorado is very excited and grateful to have been awarded the opportunity to participate in this important exercise. Our agencies are proud of our collective work to attain this selection by the NGA, and want to thank Governor Polis for endorsing our efforts. We are committed to a continued partnership protecting Colorado’s electrical infrastructure, and devising solutions that will benefit the entire United States.”

Following the November exercise, participants will examine state and utility energy security planning and coordination and emergency response, and present the exercise results, challenges, and possible solutions to threats facing the electrical grid. This information will be shared with all other states by the NGA, and Colorado will receive ongoing technical assistance from NGA to enact action.

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