Large power companies across Missouri, including Kansas City Power and Light, are preparing to protect their systems in case of a terrorist or cyber attack.
They say an attack like this would likely have the same effects as a natural disaster which can knock power out for an indefinite amount of time.
Missouri never has experienced a large-scale attack, but the public service commission say the risk is growing. Commissioners want to be sure large power companies have a system in place for protection, and if it fails, a plan to get power back on as soon as possible.
The new system will cost money to create, which could mean more rate hikes for customers at some point.
KCPL is currently working to come up recommendations in order to build the most protection for its system.