FERC commissioner pledges to assess threat posed by Huawei inverters


The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has responded to senators’ request that FERC ban Huawei inverters in the interest of cybersecurity.

“My colleagues and I at the Commission will continue to work with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and our federal partners including the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security to assess the threat posed by Huawei and take additional action as appropriate,” writes Commissioner Neil Chatterjee in the letter addressed to Senator James Risch (R-ID).

A group of 10 senators sent a letter to Commissioner Chatterjee in December asking him to ban Huawei solar inverters, writing, “Huawei-produced inverters connected to the U.S. energy grid could leave it vulnerable to foreign surveillance and interference, and could potentially give Beijing access to meddle with portions of America’s electricity supply.”

The Financial Times reported Huawei shut down its U.S. solar inverter operations in June 2019 after facing criticism from the Trump administration and Congress.

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