Right Wing Terrorists Strike North Carolina Grid

December 4, 2022

Above, January 2022 CBS report on Homeland Security Advisory about domestic terror threats to the power grid.

More reason, if we needed any, to upgrade and harden the grid, while deploying more distributed energy and storage.
The same people who have been denying science and climate change for decades are willing to bring down critical infrastructure to push their radical right wing agenda.

New York Times:

About 38,000 people in one county in central North Carolina were without electricity Sunday morning in widespread power outages that the authorities were investigating as “a criminal occurrence.”

The outages across Moore County, roughly 90 miles east of Charlotte, began just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“As utility companies began responding to the different substations, evidence was discovered that indicated that intentional vandalism had occurred at multiple sites,” the statement said, adding that deputies had been deployed to various locations to provide “site security.”

The statement offered no additional details about what specifically had caused the outages.

In a brief telephone interview early Sunday, Richard Maness, the chief deputy of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, called the situation “alarming” but said he could not provide more information.

This 60 Minutes report on grid vulnerabilities is informative and relevant.

Below, I spoke to Retired Marine General Richard Zilmer, specifically about renewable energy and threats to the power grid, In addition, local officials in Gratiot County, Michigan, addressed the security implications of a distributed grid, like the wind turbines recently installed in his community.

More on today’s attack:

UPDATE:

3 Responses to “Right Wing Terrorists Strike North Carolina Grid”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Beeson, the Pine River Township supervisor was right about the dispersal of wind turbines being a feature, but they all go through a single control point where they attach to the grid. It just means the yahoos with their guns will stick to attacking substations or any visible transmission lines.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      distributed renewables at least offer the possibility of more widespread adoption of microgrid technology that will make local communities more
      resilient in the case of weather extremes, terror attacks, or plain old fashioned tree-branch and squirrel blackouts.

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        Internet-like networking, including designing for bidirectionality (Is that legal in Michigan?) and distributing nodes, is much more resilient.

        [I really should look into the current state of control standards and software, because not only hackers but software bugs can take down the whole system.]


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