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NERC and FERC Release Joint Report on Southwest Cold Weather Event

On Aug 16, 2011, the FERC and NERC joint task force (Joint Task Force) released a report containing its recommendations for preventing a recurrence of the rolling blackouts and natural-gas curtailments in the Southwest that occurred during the first week of February, 2011 (Southwest Blackout Report). The Southwest Blackout Report, the product of the Joint Task Force’s six-month-long inquiry, finds that a majority of the electric outages and gas shortages were due to weather-related causes. To view the Southwest Blackout Report, click here.