FERC, NERC Release Task Force Report on Southwest Outages
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today released a staff report making recommendations to help prevent a recurrence of rolling blackouts and natural gas curtailments experienced by customers in the Southwest during extreme cold weather the first week of February 2011.
Concluding a six-month inquiry, the task force found a majority of the electric outages and gas shortages were due to weather-related causes. Although generators and gas producers reported having winterization procedures and practices in place, responses were generally reactive in their approach to winterization and preparedness.
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Posted On: 08/16/2011