FERC to Open Probe Into New York Power Outages

Officials will look for answers to bulk power system performance issues

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said that an inquiry will be opened regarding the mass power outages in the wake of an extreme winter storm. More than 1.5 million homes and businesses experienced lengthy power outages as the blizzard surged from Canada across the United States. The commission will probe the operations of the bulk power system to recommend solutions to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), whose six regional entities will be running probes of their own.

“This storm underscores the increasing frequency of significant extreme weather events and underscores the need for the electric sector to change its planning scenarios and preparations for extreme events,” said NERC CEO and President Jim Robb.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chairman Richard Glick as he heads the FERC investigation.
  • For Executive Director Anton Porter as he oversees the mission of the FERC.
  • For U.S. energy officials as they evaluate the U.S. power grid for weaknesses.

Sources: AP, Reuters


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