Full Committee Hearing to Examine Blackstart

The process for returning energy to the power grid after a system-wide blackout.

October 11, 2018
10:00 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The hearing will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. EDT in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the hearing is to examine blackstart, which is the process for returning energy to the power grid after a system-wide blackout, and other system restoration plans in the electric utility industry.  

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Archived Webcast

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Opening Remarks

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski

    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell

    Ranking Member
    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. David S. Ortiz

    Acting Director, Office of Electric Reliability
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Mr. Juan J. Torres

    Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Ms. Joy Ditto

    President and CEO
    Utilities Technology Council
  • Mr. Thomas J. Galloway Sr.

    President and CEO
    North American Transmission Forum
  • Mr. Andrew Ott

    President and CEO
    PJM Interconnection LLC
  • Mr. Timothy M. Yardley

    Senior Associate Director of Technology and Workforce Development
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign