Cybersecurity Recommendations for UPS, Distributed Energy Resources via UL, NREL

UL released a report, co-authored with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, that includes recommendations for enabling distributed energy resources and inverter-based resources to maintain a strong cybersecurity posture.

Global safety science leader UL has released a report, co-authored with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), titled “Cybersecurity certification recommendations for interconnected network edge devices and UPS-based resources.“The report includes recommendations that enable distributed energy resources (DER) and inverter-based resources (IBR) to maintain a strong cybersecurity posture.

“Currently, there are no cybersecurity certification requirements that manufacturers and vendors can certify their DER and IBR devices against against an established and widely adopted cybersecurity certification program,” said Kenneth Boyce, Director principal of the Principal Engineering, Industrial group at UL. “The development of these new cybersecurity certification requirements will provide a single unified approach that can be taken as a benchmark for testing and certifying DERs before deployment and in the field. Writing comprehensive certification requirements with peer review requires effective leadership and stakeholder participation. »

With support from the DOE Office of Solar Energy Technologies, UL will continue to work with NREL on the development of requirements to support cybersecurity certification standards for DERs and IBRs. NREL and UL are currently working on a survey plan for a standard that will apply to on-grid energy storage and generation technologies, including photovoltaic inverters, electric vehicle chargers, wind turbines, fuel cells and other essential resources to advance network operations.

These new requirements will prioritize cybersecurity enhancements for power systems dealing with high-penetration inverter-based resources, including those that interface with bulk power systems for periods of instantaneous high-wind generation. , solar and hybrid/storage. This will also help ensure that cybersecurity is integrated into the new IBR and DER systems.

“A national or international cybersecurity certification standard can help industry players assess and validate the cybersecurity posture of their DER or IBR devices before they are connected to the power grid. UL supports the development of a cybersecurity certification program because not only will robust cybersecurity be introduced to the power grid, but it will also help ensure that the concept of security by design is followed for new DER systems,” said said Denmark’s Saleem, senior cyber-physical energy systems security researcher at NREL. “Drafting consensus-based cybersecurity certification standards requires effective leadership and regular stakeholder engagement. NREL and UL can streamline this effort by using their in-house expertise and state-of-the-art testing facilities and by involving industry experts on the UL Standards Technical Committee. By collaborating with UL on this technical report, we have established a valuable working relationship that will strengthen our ability to develop the future cybersecurity certification standard for DER and IBR devices.

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