Duke Energy has disconnected CATL-made batteries from North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base due to concerns over the supplier’s links to China’s Communist Party and potential cybersecurity risks. Lawmakers from both parties, including Senators Marco Rubio and Joe Manchin, have raised alarms about the security threats posed by Chinese storage batteries in U.S. energy grids, emphasizing the risk of cyber vulnerabilities and dependency. Despite CATL’s assurance of its batteries being passive and not equipped for communication, experts and officials, including Craig Singleton and Mike Casey of NCSC, warn of the potential for cyberattacks and influence by China’s ruling party through these technologies.
- Duke Energy’s disconnection of CATL batteries highlights growing U.S. concerns over Chinese influence and cyber vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure.
- Bipartisan legislative efforts are increasing to prioritize U.S.-developed energy storage technologies and restrict Chinese battery technology in defense-related areas.
- Experts caution against the potential risks of remote operation systems and the possibility of Chinese-backed cyberattacks targeting U.S. energy grids.