Declaring a National Emergency, President Trump Issues Executive Order on Bulk Power System Security

On May 1, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency regarding ongoing threats to the U.S. bulk power system from “foreign adversaries,” and issued an executive order prohibiting certain equipment transactions and instructing the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to take various other responsive actions. Notably, the “Executive Order on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System” (“Executive Order”) empowers DOE, in consultation with other federal agencies, to (i) establish a “pre-qualified” list of venders for future bulk power system equipment transactions; (ii) develop recommendations to identify, isolate, monitor, or replace bulk power system equipment presenting a security risk from foreign adversaries; and (iii) establish a Task Force to update agency procurement requirements, develop policy recommendations, and issue reports. Continue reading