Physical Attacks on the Power Grid — A Growing Problem that’s a Huge Worry

Last year’s statistics say physical attacks on the power grids in the U.S. have hit an all-time high. They include direct attacks of vandalism and other kinds of physical activity.

Attacks that threaten the reliability of the grid hit 163 in 2022. That’s a jump of 77% between 2021 and 2022.

The U.S. Department of Energy says three dozen states saw incidents that threatened over 90,000 people. Much of the damage from the physical violence is to substations that help reduce high-voltage power to a level that can be delivered safely to homes and businesses.

Most of the damage to substations happened late last year.

Power companies are used to dealing with cyber attacks. They’re prepared and most of the time handle them easily. Physical attacks are a whole different story. At this point, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Energy are monitoring the situation and are in the process of developing a plan to help.

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