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U.S. Energy Regulator Recommends Revising Reliability Standards for Extreme Weather

Reliability standards for power grid and natural gas infrastructure were recommended to be revised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to avoid issues during extreme weather, as part of findings from a report on winter storm Elliott in 2022.

According to Reuters, FERC said the report recommends completing cold weather reliability standard revisions from Winter Storm Uri in 2021 – which resulted in the largest controlled blackout in U.S. history – and making U.S. natural gas infrastructure more reliable.

“Some recommendations from the 2021 Uri report are still not implemented… It shouldn’t take five winter storms in 11 years to show us the gravity of the situation we find ourselves in,” FERC Chairman Willie Phillips said.

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