Apparently the Chinese military is hard at work compromising the security of the U.S. electric grid. No big surprise. Investor-owned utilities don't want to waste precious shareholder pennies on silly stuff like cybersecurity when there are memberships to The Duquesne Club to be purchased instead!
No matter how much the industry insists that it can regulate itself on the honor system, there is no honor among thieves. Looks like Congress is going to have to intervene and bestow authority to FERC to regulate cybersecurity of the grid. Just imagine how much this is going to cost when the obvious solution is so much cheaper and quicker -- stop "expanding" the grid and making it more vulnerable. We don't need a whole bunch of new transmission, and a bigger, more interconnected grid exposes larger and larger geographic areas to one massive failure instigated by the click of a single key somewhere in China.