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Power Blackout


FERC assisted the US Department of Energy in determining the root causes of the blackout that occurred on August 14-15, 2003. This page contains relevant statements by the Commission on the blackout, the progress of the investigation, and other related topics.

For details of the investigation, please visit the Department of Energy’s External Link website.

February 6, 2006 - DOE and FERC submit Transmission Monitoring Report to Congress PDF

April 13, 2005 - Information Technology Guidelines For Power System Organizations PDF

February 4, 2005 - Staff issues Reactive Power Supply and Consumption Report, requesting comments by April 4, 2005 Letter from Chairman PDF | Report PDF | Event Details

September 30, 2004
- Report on use of grid reliability funds sent to Congress PDF (Staff Report sent to Congress) Transmittal Letter PDF

September 8, 2004 - Commission sends final Vegetation Management Report to Congress PDF

July 15, 2004 - The Commission is planning a summer 2004 Reliability Workshop in Cleveland, Ohio Event Details

April 14, 2004 - FERC takes prompt action in response to Blackout Task Force recommendations; outlines power reliability Policy News Release | Event Details | Order (PL04-5) PDF | Order (EL04-52) PDF

April 5, 2004 - US-Canada Task Force releases its final report on causes and recommendations from the August 14, 2003 blackout Statement by Chairman Wood | Chapters 1-3 PDF | Chapter 4 PDF | Chapter 5 PDF | Chapter 6 PDF | Chapters 7-10 PDF | Appendices PDF

March 2, 2004 - Utility Vegetation Management Final Report PDF

January 8, 2004 - New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) issues their interim report Read More PDF External Link

December 24, 2003 - The Commission has ordered FirstEnergy Corp. to pay for an independent study of the state's power grid, where the massive August blackout started. They have 120 days to study the stability of the power grid Letter PDF

December 18, 2003 - Joint US-Canada power system outage Task Force Utility Vegetation Management Initial Report Report PDF

December 16, 2003 - Technical conference and blackout presentations set for conference in Philadelphia, PA Event Details

November 19, 2003 - US-Canada power system outage Task Force released their Interim Report on the August 14, 2003 Blackout Report PDF | Presentation Power Point

November 18, 2003 - Electricity restructuring: 2003 blackout identifies crisis and opportunity for the electricity sector GAO-04-204 Report PDF

September 12, 2003 - US-Canada blackout investigators release chronology DOE News Release External Link | Report PDF

Chairman Wood's Statements


Congressional Testimony


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Updated: March 15, 2011