The Secure The Grid Minute

As Trump Calls for Grid Security, Will Grid Lobbyists Break with Communist China?

May 5, 2020


This is Tommy Waller with the Secure the Grid Minute.  On May 1st, 2020, President Trump issued an unprecedented executive order, taking significant and long overdue steps to remedy what the order described as “a national emergency with respect to the threat to the United States bulk-power system.” It identifies the grave threat to our electrical grid from supply chain vulnerabilities and cyber threats which emanate from countries like Russia and China.

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents nearly all investor-owned U.S. electric utilities and is among the most effective lobbying organizations for the entire utility industry, publicly commended President Trump on his executive order. However, their own membership includes at least two state-owned Chinese electric utilities which have an obligation under Chinese law to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.”  

Will EEI side with the President or utilities beholden to Communist China?   Learn more at