The safety and security of our people, the facilities they work in and around, and our system is a top priority. PGE takes a layered, multi-pronged ‘defense-in-depth’ approach to security. We are continuously engaging with industry and government leaders at the highest levels to keep ahead of emerging threats.
Wherever and whenever possible, we go above and beyond industry standards, and consistent with our commitment to continuous improvement in the face of ever-evolving threats, we routinely assess the physical security of our substation facilities to prioritize security upgrades. A key piece of that involves risk modeling that emphasizes impacts to our customers.
PGE is aware of a deliberate physical attack on one of our substations in the Clackamas area that occurred in late November 2022. PGE is cooperating with the FBI’s active investigation into this incident and other attacks on substations in different locations operated by other energy providers. Our teams immediately assessed the damage at PGE’s substation and began repairs. The attack on PGE’s substation impacted power, briefly affecting approximately 6,400 customers before we restored power.
“There will always be new challenges to the grid. We take every one of them seriously. As an essential service provider, we continually strive to strike the right balance between reliability, affordability, and security, and our customer prices reflect reasonable and prudent expenditures. We work to thwart the most likely and significant risks to our system.” – Eric Barnhart, Sr. Director of Security, Portland General Electric