New Quick Read: Cybersecurity and Distributed Energy Resources

This fact sheet addresses cybersecurity for distributed energy resources (DERs) and identifies best practices in cybersecurity governance, technical management of cyber-physical systems, and physical security.

DERs include wind, solar, battery storage, and other small-scale power devices connected at the grid edge. The deployment of DERs can support resilience through increasing overall and spatial diversity of generation resources. For example, a natural disaster or terrorist attack may remove a large, centralized generation facility from service, but dispersed DERS will not necessarily be impacted. Further enabling resilience, DERs can also be used to create “islandable” generation that continues to operate during outages.

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