by James Burgess, Oil Price:
The Wall Street Journal broke a story this week about a largely unknown sniper attack from last year on a California electric substation. Apparently on April 16, 2013, a group of snipers launched an attack on the Metcalf substation in San Jose, knocking 17 giant transformers offline that service Silicon Valley. To avoid a blackout, other power plants in Silicon Valley made up for the shortfall, but repairs took almost a month to complete.
Details of the event were kept quiet in order to reveal information that could help copycats. However, Jon Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is going public about the event because to date there have been no arrests. He calls the episode, “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” He fears the attackers may be planning a larger attack.
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