October 12, 2018

NATF President and CEO Tom Galloway served on a panel of experts and provided testimony during the October 11 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on blackstart, which involves the process of energizing system components following a widespread blackout without support from the grid, and other system restoration plans.

In his written testimony, Galloway noted the significant industry efforts to preserve high levels of grid reliability and resiliency and improve restoration from broad-scope outages, including educating the industry and regulators on resiliency threats, hardening the bulk power system, ensuring adequacy of key spares, augmenting mutual aid, enhancing restoration planning, conducting comprehensive drills and exercises, and increasing coordination with cross-sector (e.g. gas and water) and governmental entities.