FERC, NERC to combine ERCOT outage inquiry efforts

Source: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and Gerry Cauley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), announced that they are combining the efforts of their separate inquiries into the causes of the electric outages and natural gas delivery disruptions that occurred in the Southwest during an unusual cold spell in early February of this year.

FERC and NERC have been sharing information but conducting separate inquiries into the matter. FERC and NERC staffs will issue a joint report on findings and recommendations and present them to the Commission and to the NERC Board of Trustees.

The Federal Power Act of 2005 gives FERC authority to oversee the reliability of the nation’s bulk electric system. FERC has designated NERC as the organization that develops and enforces mandatory reliability standards.



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