Resilient Power Working Group


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA)-led Resilient Power Working Group (RPWG) consists of members across the federal government, state and local governments, non-profits, and private industry. There are over 130 members or ex-members including over 80 active participants with over 40 different entities involved. The RPWG is a well-balanced group that includes contributions from technical (both hands-on and theoretical), operational, and policy subject matter experts.

The Resilient Power Best Practices Fact Sheet summarizes recommendations developed by the RPWG to improve resilient power for communications supporting critical missions. The RPWG was established in October 2019 consisting of subject matter experts from across federal government, state and local governments, non-profits, and private industry sectors. These best practices support the comprehensive, risk-informed Business Continuity and Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning activities as defined in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance.

The full Resilient Power Best Practices for Critical Communications Infrastructure guidelines is anticipated to be released in the second half of 2021. It will describe potential actions to improve resiliency of backup generation sources, fuel, energy storage, renewable energy, maintenance, cybersecurity, physical security, and electromagnetic (EM) protections. The best practices are applicable to all durations of power outages.

 

Stakeholders and partners can contact CISA at Resilient.Power@cisa.dhs.gov for all support requests, incident reporting, and information requirements.

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