Ott Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

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PJM President & CEO Andrew Ott testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources in its hearing to examine black start services and grid restoration.

Ott’s testimony focused on the collaborative efforts needed to restore electric service after a widespread outage and outlined the role of black start in grid restoration.

If power is lost throughout the grid, designated generators known as black start units are able to restore electricity to the grid without using an outside electrical supply.

PJM has about 150 black start units across its footprint. They are dispersed to cover each of the 27 PJM transmission owner restoration plans, as well as each of the 13 PJM states and the District of Columbia.

Ott’s testimony highlighted PJM’s ongoing resilience initiatives to ensure that the grid can withstand prolonged outages from events that pose risks beyond what is covered by today’s reliability standards

Ott’s prepared testimony (PDF) is available on the PJM website.