The DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) is excited to launch a new program that will accelerate the ability of electric utilities to improve their cybersecurity posture. The Rural and Municipal Utility Advanced Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance Program (RMUC Program) will prioritize rural, municipal, and small investor-owned utilities that have limited cybersecurity resources, are critical to the reliability of the bulk-power system, and/or those that own defense critical electric infrastructure. 

CESER will develop the program in coordination with other government partners, leveraging the $250 million made available in Section 40124 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The BIL is an investment in our nation’s infrastructure that will ensure our clean energy future is resilient and secure.

To ensure CESER maximizes the value of this important government investment, the office will host a series of listening sessions for eligible entities and other interested parties. CESER will collect input from the listening sessions to create a comprehensive program plan that bolsters cybersecurity for eligible utilities based on the needs identified by session participants. DOE is committed to making improvements in rural and municipal energy infrastructure that align with the community’s goals and insights.

The first listening session on August 18, 2022, will kick-off the RMUC Program and initiate conversations on key priorities of the eligible utilities. Additional listening sessions will focus on specific issues and opportunities to advance the cybersecurity posture of rural and municipal electric utilities. CESER’s RMUC Program listening sessions are free to attend. Registration is required. All listening sessions will be closed to the press.

To register for the August 18th session, go here.