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Regulatory prospects drive electric grid infrastructure security.

A manufacturer and service provider specializing in high voltage power transmission and distribution, Hampton, Ga.-based Southern States, LLC has added turnkey security solutions anticipating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) moves on electric utility substation and critical-site protection.

The agency took the first step in what could be a progression of rulemaking activity late last year by adopting the Physical Security Reliability Standard (CIP-014-1). Issued earlier in 2014 by the North American Electric Reliability Corp., the standard has been advanced, FERC notes, "to enhance physical security measures for the most critical Bulk-Power System facilities and thereby lessen the overall vulnerability ... against physical attacks." Such events "could adversely impact reliable [System] operation, resulting in instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading failures."

In a new infographic, "Substation Security-Assess, Implement, and Protect," Southern States charts areas where concrete or other ballistic impact-grade materials are warranted in light of Standard CIP-014-1 measures. The firm operates Switching, Power Switching, Sensors and Automation, and Service divisions, adding substation protection systems to the latter. Initial products Southern States has developed for critical facility components and perimeter areas are Ballisti-Wall and Ballisti-Cover--panels or shields of multiple, woven fiberglass layers encapsulated with a proprietary resin. Using standard panels in nominal V4-, V2- and %-in. thicknesses, Ballist-Wall and Ballisti-Cover provide protection equivalent to UL 752 Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment Levels 1, 2 and 3, which measure a structure's ability to absorb the impact of three shots, respectively, from 9 mm, .357 magnum and .44 magnum

Caption: Southern States produced the infographic for Bulk-Power System owners and operators covered by FERC Standard CIP-014-1, which compels them: (1) to perform a risk assessment and identify their "critical facilities;'' (2) evaluate potential threats and vulnerabilities to identified facilities; and, (3) develop and implement a security plan designed to protect infrastructure against attacks.

Caption: Ballisti-Wall panels are typically designed in vertical sections and secured between steel or fiberglass wide flange beams. Overlapped to ensure total protection, they can be positioned to allow air flow and are individually replaceable.

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Title Annotation:NEWS SCOPE: PRECAST
Publication:Concrete Products
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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