Grid Security Council Creation Bill Passes Out of Texas Senate

A bill to create a grid security council to protect Texas’ electricity infrastructure is on its way to the House.

The Texas Senate passed Sen. Kelly Hancock‘s SB 475, with a substitute, is aimed at protecting the grid from cyberattack in part by commissioning a utilities council for the ERCOT region.

“The potential for a widespread outage make it clear that effective polices must be developed to address these potential safety and security risks,” Sen. Hancock told the Senate on Wednesday.

“The council is composed of the chair of the PUC, the president of ERCOT, a designee appointed by the Governor,” or the Governor him- or herself.

The council would develop “best practices” for grid security and emergency preparation and could develop amendments to the state emergency management plans to allow for coordination among state agencies and may consult with federal agencies in the process.