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Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Federal Power Act with respect to critical electric infrastructure security, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
05/12/2015Introduced in House

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Date All Actions
05/15/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
05/12/2015Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/12/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]* 05/12/2015
Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2]* 05/12/2015

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Energy and Commerce05/12/2015 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power05/15/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (05/12/2015)

Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act

Amends the Federal Power Act to authorize the Department of Energy (DOE), with or without notice, hearing, or report, to issue orders for emergency measures to protect the reliability of either the bulk-power system or the defense critical electric infrastructure whenever the President issues a written directive or determination identifying an imminent grid security emergency.

Requires the President to notify specified congressional committees promptly whenever the President issues such a directive.

Instructs DOE, before issuing an order for such emergency measures, to the extent practicable in light of the nature of the grid security emergency and the urgency of the need for action, to consult with governmental authorities in Canada and Mexico, regarding implementation of the emergency measures.

Prescribes: (1) implementation procedures (including expiration and reissuance of emergency orders); and (2) related cost recovery measures affecting owners, operators, or users of the bulk-power system.

Requires DOE, to the extent practicable and consistent with obligations to protect classified information, to provide temporary access to classified information relating to a grid security emergency to key personnel of relevant entities in order to optimize communications between them and federal agencies.

Requires DOE to identify facilities in the U.S. and its territories that are: (1) critical to the defense of the United States, and (2) vulnerable to a disruption of the supply of electric energy provided by an external provider.

Exempts critical electric infrastructure information from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to: (1) designate critical electric infrastructure information, and (2) prescribe regulations and orders prohibiting its unauthorized disclosure but also authorizing appropriate voluntary sharing with federal, state, local, and tribal authorities.

Shields a person or entity in possession of critical electric infrastructure information from any cause of action for sharing or receiving information that was done in accordance with this Act.