The joint strategy centers on a vision of "a secure and resilient electric grid that is able to withstand hazards and recover efficiently from disruptions." Recognizing that this grid is made up of a variety of interconnected entities -- including federal, territorial, municipal, co-operative, and investor-owned and operated utilities -- the strategy identifies three overarching goals:
- Protect Today’s Electric Grid and Enhance Preparedness: A secure and resilient electric grid that protects system assets and critical functions and is able to withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions is a priority for the governments of both the United States and Canada.
- Manage Contingencies and Enhance Response and Recovery Efforts: The Strategy sets out a shared approach for enhancing continuity and response capabilities, supporting mutual aid arrangements such as cyber mutual assistance across a diverse set of stakeholders, understanding interdependencies, and expanding available tools for recovery and rebuilding.
- Build a More Secure and Resilient Future Electric Grid: The United States and Canada are working to build a more secure and resilient electric grid that is responsive to a variety of threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities, including increased threats from climate change. To achieve this, the electric grid will need to be more flexible and agile, with an architecture into which new technologies may be readily incorporated.
The action plan is generally non-binding on the U.S., and it is unclear whether the incoming Trump administration would adopt the plan, as opposed to revising or scrapping it. Nevertheless the joint U.S.-Canada grid security and resilience strategy and the U.S. action plan may inform future efforts to strengthen the North American electric grid against risk and disturbance.