The Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan investigation into the General Motors recall will continue next week with an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, April 1, featuring testimony from GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman.
Excerpt: Cold weather events thsi winter season significantly affected electricity generation, deliverability, and prices across the nation, especially in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. According to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), January's cold weather events "stressed the bulk power system which high loads, increased generator forced outages, and other challenging operating conditions," including over 50 gigawatts (GW) of forced outages.
The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will focus on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Witnesses to be announced.
Committee Questions Grid Operators Over Affordability and Reliability Concerns On Heels of Bitter WinterMarch 27, 2014 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote this week to several Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) seeking information related to electricity affordability and reliability. This year’s brutally cold winter stressed the electric grid causing electricity prices to spike across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast and highlighted our nation’s reliability vulnerabilities.
Upton: “Our work is far from done, but today we restore some certainty to our seniors that their trusted doctor will be available when they are in need of care.”
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the committee’s ongoing commitment to the safety and security of our nation’s energy infrastructure, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today hosted a briefing for bipartisan members of the committee and members of the California delegation on grid security issues, including the attack last spring on the Metcalf substation in San Jose, California.