Cybersecurity Summit: Securing Our Solar Future Today
SEIA and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) hosted a half-day virtual event on Wednesday, November 3, to discuss the critical topic of clean energy cyber and supply chain security. Solar and storage play an increasingly important role in ensuring U.S. energy independence, and now more than ever cybersecurity has become a priority for the industry as these technologies continue to penetrate the grid in record-breaking numbers.
To tackle this critical topic, SEIA is excited to collaborate with SETO, Idaho National Labs (INL), and other industry partners to work alongside our members to address lessons learned from cyber-attacks, best practices, and ongoing trends that are critical to making solar and storage the most secure fuel on the grid.
Event topics include:
- Legislative and regulatory status of key federal and state cybersecurity activities targeted to provide solutions to the latest cyber and security threats
- Considerations surrounding both mandatory and enforceable voluntary standards that may apply to solar and storage developers
- Cyber and supply chain guidance that industry can design to develop a leading practice program
Full Event Agenda:
Panel 1: Introductions and Keynotes — Update from Industry Leadership
- Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, SEIA
- David Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
- Kate Marks, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), U.S. Department of Energy
- Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy
- Kirsten Verclas, Managing Director, National Association of Energy Officials
Fireside Chat with SEIA's Cybersecurity Working Group Chair
John will discuss his work on supporting the renewable energy industry through cyber and supply chain security and trends that SEIA and our members are tracking.
- John Franzino, CEO, Grid SME
Panel 2: Leveraging Standards Frameworks and the Future of Sustainable Cyber and Supply Chain Risk Management
This panel will discuss several industry considerations surrounding both mandatory and voluntary standards that may apply to your business, new supply chain risks, ransomware, and operational technology implementation.
- Moderator: Emily Hwang, Applications Engineering Manager, Yaskawa Solectria Solar
- John Franzino, CEO, Grid SME
- Clinton Smith, Vice President, Information Security and Compliance, Sunrun
- Susan Barlow, Vice President of IT, Clearway Energy
Break | 3:00-3:10 PM ET
Panel 3: "Information Overload" — Navigating the Deluge of Cyber and Supply Chain Guidance to Design a Leading Practice Program
This panel will discuss the “paralysis by analysis” effect that our industry faces when creating a cyber and supply chain program within our companies. We will consider what is the gold standard for cyber guidance that industry should be following and how can we better communicate this information across business units and outside industry groups.
- Moderator: Gizelle Wray, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, SEIA
- Shari Gribbin, Regulatory and Program Design Expert, Managing Partner, CNK Solutions
- Luis Zaragoza, Developer Compliance Representative, Regulatory Compliance Manager, BayWa r.e. Americas
- Sean McCormick, Developer Cyber Representative, Director of Operational Compliance, O&M, Cypress Creek Renewables
Special Presentation: Idaho National Labs
SEIA is leveraging the expertise and capabilities of Idaho National Lab (INL) to bring continued renewable sector-specific solutions to SEIA’s members. We will discuss the relevant initiatives being led by INL that can position our members and our industry to lead the way to addressing cyber and supply chain security threats now and in the future. As one of the longest-serving national labs in our nation, INL has led U.S. energy security and industrial competitiveness by ensuring the availability of clean energy and developing improved technologies to protect the environment. SEIA is honored to work with INL and leading on Securing Our Solar Future Today.
- Introduction: Gizelle Wray, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, SEIA
- Jake Gentle, Senior Power Systems Engineer, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
Panel 4: Department of Energy and the National Labs Update on Critical Cyber Initiatives
The DOE’s national labs lead and support industry in cutting-edge research to mitigate sophisticated cyberattacks on our critical infrastructure. The labs also engage industry on best practices and take on leadership roles in developing the next generation of industry standards. National Labs are also enhancing industry efforts by leveraging expertise and testing facilities to help inform workgroups as independent technical experts. Highlighted here are national lab efforts that bridge this R&D space with foundational support for industry standards that align with the recently initiated Securing Solar for the Grid (S2G) project.
- Moderator: Jay Johnson, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory, Co-chair of the DER Cybersecurity Workshop
- Shamina Hossain-McKenzie, Proactive Intrusion Detection and Mitigation System for DER Cybersecurity, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory
- Virginia “Ginger” Wright, Software Bill of Materials for Critical Energy Infrastructure: INL, Energy Cyber Portfolio Manager, Idaho National Laboratory
- Sydni Credle, Blockchain for Optimized Security and Energy Management (BLOSEM), Technology Manager Sensors, Controls, and Cybersecurity, National Energy Technology Laboratory