Press Release

Hertzberg Bill Encouraging Grid Preparedness Heads to Assembly

SB 1076 requires CalOES to make recommendations on ways to protect against attacks on our electrical grid

May 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that the California State Senate took steps to prepare for the future and protect its residents by unanimously passing his bill, Senate Bill 1076.  

California society is dependent on electricity for almost all of its essential functions.  Both rural and urban California would suffer if any attack on our grid – natural or manmade – created a long term outage. And yet our electrical grid is constantly threatened by cyberattacks, hurricanes and earthquakes, solar storms, terrorist strikes, or even electromagnetic pulses.

SB 1076 specifically requires the California Office of Emergency Services to include preparedness recommendations to harden the electrical grid against an electromagnetic pulse attack or solar storm event when it updates the State Emergency Plan.  

“One of our greatest challenges in government is to avoid responding to crisis by getting ahead of problems,” said Senator Hertzberg. “We need to look at the potential risks that exist in our electrical grid, and figure out a plan for those risks. With a 1 in 8 chance of a solar storm occurring in the next decade, this is one risk we must prepare for now.”

Over the last 10 years, the federal government has stalled to take action on the issue. This has created the need for the state’s electric utilities to be prepared because long periods without electricity in California would result in billions of dollars lost in economic activity.

Watch Senator Hertzberg’s testimony as he introduced SB 1076 in committee last month.

The bill next goes to the Assembly, where it awaits referral to a policy committee.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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