March 16, 2020

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A Note to Our Members

UTC Members and Stakeholders,

The safety and security of our members, staff, and meeting attendees is paramount to UTC.

Therefore, after careful deliberation, and out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 virus, UTC and our leadership have decided to postpone the March 23-25 Region 6 Meeting and Expo in Kansas City and the April 1-3 UTCAL Summit in Brazil.

The UTCAL Summit is being rescheduled for Sept. 1-4.

We are still evaluating the April 7-9 UTC Broadband Workshop in Charlotte and will notify our attendees as soon as possible on whether and how we will proceed.

Regarding the Region 6 Meeting and Expo, we are working on new dates and will provide details as soon as they are available. Importantly, any funds paid toward the 2020 UTC Region 6 Meeting and Expo will automatically be applied to the rescheduled meeting.

If you are registered to attend the Region 6 meeting, the conference hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Kansas City – Overland Park, will automatically cancel your room reservations. If you have any questions about your reservations, please contact the Doubletree by Hilton Kansas City – Overland Park at 913.451.6100.

For questions and concerns, please contact meetings@utc.org.

Thank you in advance for your support of UTC, and we look forward to your participation at our events later in the year.

Please be safe.

Senate Confirms Danly as New FERC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate last week approved James Danly as the newest member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC, the Commission).

Mr. Danly currently serves as the agency’s general counsel, having joined the Commission in 2017. He was initially nominated by President Trump for the Commission in 2019; his nomination lapsed on the Senate floor last year, and the President renominated him earlier this year.

Prior to joining the Commission, he was a member of the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.

Prior to this Danly served as law clerk to Judge Danny Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was a managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a military think tank in Washington, D.C., and served an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Danly is a former U.S. Army officer who served two deployments to Iraq, first with an infantry company in Baghdad and then on staff at Multi-National Force—Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

In confirming Mr. Danly, the Commission has three republican members and one democrat. However, Republican Commissioner Bernard McNamee said earlier this year that he will be leaving the commission by the end of 2020.

UTC congratulates Mr. Danly upon his nomination and looks forward to working with him once he is officially sworn in.

Please contact the UTC Public Policy Team with any questions.

Congressional Panel Recommends New Federal Cyber Post, Other Measures

A new report recommends that the federal government establish a new, Senate-confirmed national cybersecurity director, additional funding for combatting cyberattacks, and the creation of a new congressional committee focused on cyber-related issues.

The report, released last week by the congressionally commissioned Cyberspace Solarium Commission, notes that the cyber threat is real and must be dealt with across all levels of government.

“A major cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure and economic system would create chaos and lasting damage exceeding that wreaked by fires in California, floods in the Midwest, and hurricanes in the Southeast,” the report said.

In order to prevent this from happening, the group—appointed by Congress in 2018—recommends a new federal approach to managing the threat. This includes creating a Senate-confirmed National Cybersecurity Director, a new Bureau of Cyber Statistics, new House and Senate cyber committees, and considerable funding.

“We need to elevate and empower existing cyber agencies, particularly the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and create new focal points for coordinating cybersecurity in the executive branch and Congress,” the report found. “To that end, we recommend the creation of a National Cyber Director with oversight from new congressional Cybersecurity Committees, but our goal is not to create more bureaucracy with new and duplicative roles and organizations. Rather, we propose giving existing organizations the tools they need to act with speed and agility to defend our networks and impose costs on our adversaries.”

Members of the Solarium include UTC core utility member Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning, Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and other federal and business leaders.

UTC’s Security, Risk, and Compliance Committee (SRCC) discusses cybersecurity and related issues. Please contact the SRCC Team with additional questions.

UTC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Calendar of UTC committee/division conference calls

Committee/Division calls

  • March 10: UtiliSite Committee Call—For more information, contact Bob Lockhart at lockhart@utc.org
  • March 17: Utilities Broadband Committee Call—For more information, contact Brett Kilbourne
  • March 18: IT/OT Committee Call—For more information, contact Bob Lockhart
  • March 19: Public Policy Division Call—For more information, contact Rob Thormeyer
  • March 19: Telecom Committee Call—For more information, contact Brett Kilbourne
  • March 20: Security, Risk, and Compliance Committee Call—For more information, contact Bob Lockhart

Webinars

  • March 24: How Utilities Enable Broadband – Click Here
  • April 7: Broadband Backhaul