Maine is the first state in the nation to pass legislation to harden its grid against an EMP event, encouraging other states to take a similar initiative.
“Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Examine Measures To Mitigate the Effects of Geomagnetic Disturbances and Electromagnetic Pulse on the State’s Transmission System”
Congresswoman Andrea Boland
Rep. Boland is a national leader in electric infrastructure security from geomagnetic solar storms and manmade electromagnetic pulse. She introduced the first legislation in the nation to deal with EMP, which it passed nearly unanimously in the Legislature in 2013. She served as a U.S. delegate to the International Electric Infrastructure Security Summit in London in May 2012 and participated in the Dupont Summit 2012, “High Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure,” in Washington, D.C. She submitted legislation to the Leadership Council in 2012 to require known, available, low-cost protections of the grid and will be resubmitting it this session.
Rep. Boland was a featured speaker at the International Energy Infrastructure Security Council annual summit in Washington, D.C. and the annual Dupont Summit in Washington, D.C., both in 2013. She also brought the issue to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Several states are now using her work as a model to introduce their own legislation to protect their own states.