ELECTRIC GRID SECURITY AND RESILIENCE
Our Public Power Utilities takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a strong electric grid, and Daniel is committed to working with our public utilities to ensure Electric Grid Security and Resilience. Our electric grid is the only critical infrastructure besides nuclear power that has mandatory and enforceable federal regulatory standards in place for cyber and physical security, or grid security. As energy infrastructure continues to be constructed and maintained, and as the grid evolves, we must be prepared for any and threats to its integrity. Additionally, electric utilities must maintain a robust cybersecurity defense, which is an opportunity for our workforce, but a very real challenge to energy reliability. The threat of cyber-attacks is rising, and Daniel is committed to partnering with industry leaders to prevent the threats of a cyberattack as well as the operational consequences that could occur and cause disruptions in the flow of power. In all of his energy decisions, security will be priority, because he understands the consequences of a hack into data systems used in some electric generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure.
WE MUST ALSO PROTECT THE GRID AGAINST POTENTIAL OUTAGES DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Over the past few decades, changes in Georgia’s weather patterns due to climate change have led to increased amounts of extreme and costly weather events that have included intense rain and flooding, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and heat waves. And while Georgia public utility company’s response time and ability to mitigate power outages is renowned, extreme weather events have undeniably caused countless power outages throughout Georgia counties which have closed schools, shut down businesses, impeded emergency services, and cost the state billions of dollars. Daniel’s response to this growing problem is to work with utility providers that are developing strategies to modernize and strengthen the electric grid. He will work vigorously to create public and private partnerships that lead to investments to improve our grid’s efficiency, capacity, reliability, and resiliency. Investments that will both help make our grid less vulnerable to weather-related outages, and increase our ability to restore power when extreme weather events occur.