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Media Advisory: Media Availability with Iowa Cooperatives and Cyber Security Experts

December 12, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Media Availability with Iowa Cooperatives and Cyber Security Experts

Iowa utilities stepping up cyber security efforts as part of grid modernization

(AMES, IOWA) — More than thirty rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are coming to the Iowa State University campus for cyber security training offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Representatives from Clarke Electric Cooperative, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, NRECA and other Iowa cooperatives will be available to talk to the media about steps utilities are taking to strengthen cyber security as they modernize the electric power system.

What: Media availability to discuss utilities and cyber security

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, Noon, Central Time

Who:

Bill Freeman, CEO, Clarke Electric Cooperative
Representatives from distribution and power supply cooperatives
Regi Goodale, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Craig Miller, Smart Grid Demonstration Project Manager, NRECA

Where: Room 154, Schemen Conference Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Conference call number: 1-866-684-6732 toll free (Conference DN# 6583)

Background: December 12-13, utilities from six states are gathering in Ames, Iowa, for a peer-to-peer smart grid workshop co-hosted by the Department of Energy and NRECA. The cyber security training follows the workshop on Friday, December 14.
For information about the Department of Energy and cyber security, contact Louise Fickel at 202-586-6346.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.


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For More Information:

Tracy Warren, NRECA, 703-517-3411, Tracy.Warren@nreca.coop
Joelle Kirchhoff, IAEC, 515.727.8945 jkirchhoff@iowarec.org
 

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