Will There be Sufficient Blackstart Resources to Recover from a Major Electric Outage? FERC Needs to Get the Facts
- Jan 5, 2022 9:10 pm GMT
In order to ensure that there are sufficient blackstart resources that will be able to operate in the face of existing and emerging threats, such as extreme weather; cyber, physical and EMP attacks, FERC, the Department of Energy and the industry need to understand the reasons for blackstart resources retirements. In order to do so, FERC should gather data on (1) how many blackstart resources have been retired or may be contemplating retirement; (2) the reason those resources are retiring; and (3) whether there are different regions, market models or compensation methods where blackstart resources are retiring. FERC should issue a Notice of Inquiry to ascertain the facts and then determine whether changes are needed to ensure there are sufficient blackstart resources in place to restart the electric grid.
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