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This all happened on April 16, 2013 at the Pacific Gas Electric Company’s Metcalf power substation south of San Jose and when someone attacked Silicon Valley’s power grid.
ButMark Johnson,a former PG official, told the Wall Street Journal, “These were not amateurs taking potshots. My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal.”
Mark Johnson a former vice president with PG said the incident was well thought out. “This wasn’t an incident where Billy and Joe decided after a few brewskis to come in and shoot up a substation,” Johnson said.
FBI agents are still investigating and trying to determine a motive. Rep. Harry Waxman said it’s proof that the country’s electrical grid without which life as we know it would be powered off is not protected.
Former CIA director Jim Woolsey said video from the incident showed a group of four men, in a “disciplined military fashion,” had conducted the attacks.”This wasn’t hooliganism,” he said. “This was a systematic attempt to take down the electric grid.”
The largest structure on the Central Coast is the Moss Landing Power Plant. As a landmark for locals, its two towering stacks mark a midpoint on the Monterey Bay’s coastline.
After the PG substation was shot up, the Moss Landing Power Plant underwent a detailed security review by its current owners,Dynegy Inc.
Dynegy spokeswoman Katie Sullivan declined to disclose what extra security was put into place, if any, in Moss Landing because that information could tip off potential vandals, saboteurs, or terrorists, she said.
“The company has security measures in place that protect the plant and surrounding community,” Sullivan told KSBW’s Felix Cortez.
Sullivan would only say that the Moss Landing Power Plant has security guards patrolling 24 hours a day. High barbed wire fenced keep intruders out and surveillance cameras capture images both inside and outside the plant’s gates.
Securing power plants is left solely to the companies that operate them. No government agency can tell them what to do.
The plant was built by PG It was sold to Duke Energy in 1998, bought by LS Power Equity Partners in 2006, and sold to Dynegy in 2007.
The San Jose PG substation did not have any guards and its surveillance cameras were not aimed far enough outside a perimeter to record where the snipers were firing from. PG spokesman Brian Swanson said the company has revamped security since the attack.