May 4, 2020

Executive Order on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System

The wide-ranging executive order by the White House declares a national emergency associated with threats to the U.S. electric grid and directs the Secretary of Energy to develop a regime to control risk in the supply chain of the bulk power system (BPS). The order prohibits import and installation of BPS equipment from vendors associated with a country that the Secretary of Energy deems a foreign adversary. The order defines a list of BPS equipment subject to controls and directs the Secretary of Energy to establish rules and processes for controlling such transactions, including methods to prequalify specific equipment and vendors.

ESA has reviewed the executive order for its impact on the energy storage industry and offers members this summary. Updated May 18, 2020.

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