Last May there was a Congressional hearing addressing the nation's vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse bomb and solar flare damage to our electricity availability. Then nothing. Bills have been introduced in the house and Senate to address this vulnerability, but it appears both are sitting idle in committees.
Hopefully, we don't need laws to encourage electricity generating and transmission companies to harden their systems. After all, strong solar flares happened just last week, although luckily they weren't aimed at Earth.
That brings us to the announcement earlier this week that Oncor is going to spend $1.2 billion on new electric infrastructure enhancement plans in the West Texas region. The press release is short on details. But at least they've addressed catastrophic events elsewhere. See Electricity in the Midst of an Apocalypse where they assure us that a Planet of the Apes scenario isn't likely in Texas.
Well, that wasn't my main concern, but it's so cute I'm lulled into complacency.