Grid Cybersecurity

Peter Behr

Reporter

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Peter is a senior energy reporter for Energywire covering power grid reliability, climate policy and cybersecurity. He also has covered shale gas development and nuclear power issues for E&E. Before joining E&E in 2009, he was principal energy reporter for The Washington Post. During his 23 years at The Post, he was also assistant managing editor for business and financial news and a business columnist and reporter. A graduate of Colgate University, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

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BUDGET

Trump fiscal 2018 plan scrubs DOE of Obama-era priorities

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal for the Department of Energy translates his close election victory into sweeping reversals of Obama administration energy policies, with proposals for steep cuts in federal spending on clean energy programs, power grid operations and next-generation energy technologies.

SECURITY

Cyber raises threat against America's energy backbone

Five years ago, an attack on nearly two dozen U.S. natural gas utilities set off alarm bells in the U.S. intelligence community. A hacker using the nickname UglyGorilla stole troves of sensitive data from gas pipeline companies, breaching the nation's 300,000-mile web of steel that's a critical backbone for the nation's economy. Since then, increased reliance on natural gas for power generation has made the gas transmission system one of the most consequential hacking targets in the country.