FERC and NERC Release Task Force Report on Southwest Outages The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 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. [Release] [Report]
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