But as the FBI and extremism researchers have noted, neo-Nazis have been calling for just such attacks.
The incursion kicked off a rash of attacks on the Northwest power grid in 2022, according to public records obtained by OPB and KUOW.
Pacific Northwest utilities have reported a surge of attacks to the FBI in recent months.
Related: String of electrical grid attacks in Pacific Northwest is unsolved.
Several of the Northwest attacks incorporated a similar technique for knocking out power documented by police at the Morton substation in June.
North America’s far-flung power grid is currently fragile enough that it doesn’t take a sophisticated plot to quickly knock out power to thousands of people.
Utilities are required to have measures in place on their most critical assets to prevent cascading or uncontrolled power outages. »