WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and NERC announced today that they will
open a joint inquiry into the operations of the bulk power system during the
extreme winter weather conditions currently being experienced by the Midwest
and South-Central states. The severe cold weather over the weekend, and
continuing into this week, has contributed to power outages affecting millions
of electricity customers throughout the region.
For now, the emphasis must remain on restoring power to
customers and securing the reliability of the bulk power system. In the days
ahead, FERC and NERC will formally begin the inquiry, which will work with other
federal agencies, states, Regional Entities and utilities to identify problems
with the performance of the bulk power system and, where appropriate, solutions
for addressing those issues.
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