WASHINGTON, D.C. – Operators of the nation's power grid have sufficient capability to quickly restore their systems using “blackstart" resources in the event of widespread outages, according to a new report by staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
The study is a follow-up to a 2016 joint FERC-NERC-Regional Entity staff review that assessed the plans of utilities for restoration and recovery of the bulk power system following a widespread outage or blackout. That review identified for further study issues dealing with availability of blackstart resources – generating facilities that can be started without support from the grid or that are designed to remain energized without connection to the rest of the grid. These blackstart resources are critical to maintaining the reliability and resilience of the nation's transmission grid.
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