Text: H.R.7186 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/11/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7186


To amend the Federal Power Act to require the Electric Reliability Organization to propose a reliability standard that addresses the resilience of the bulk-power system, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 11, 2020

Mr. Thompson of California (for himself, Mr. Bera, Mr. DeSaulnier, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Khanna, Mr. LaMalfa, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Panetta, and Mr. Swalwell of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Federal Power Act to require the Electric Reliability Organization to propose a reliability standard that addresses the resilience of the bulk-power system, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Utility Resilience and Reliability Act”.

SEC. 2. Proposed reliability standard.

Section 215(d) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(7) RESILIENCE OF BULK-POWER SYSTEM.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Electric Reliability Organization shall file with the Commission a proposed reliability standard that addresses the resilience of the bulk-power system.

“(B) REGIONAL DIFFERENCES.—The proposed reliability standard filed under subsection (A) shall take into account regional differences.

“(C) RESILIENCE DEFINED.—In this paragraph, the term ‘resilience’ means the ability to—

“(i) prepare for and adapt to changing conditions; and

“(ii) withstand and rapidly recover from disruptions, including disruptions caused by extreme weather conditions.”.

SEC. 3. Electric grid resilience education program.

(a) In general.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary of Energy shall establish a program to provide information and recommendations to States and electric utilities on how to improve the resilience of electric grids.

(b) Electric utility defined.—The term “electric utility” has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).

SEC. 4. Report on planned electric power outages due to extreme weather conditions.

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary of Energy shall submit to Congress a report, and publish such report on the website of the Department of Energy, that provides recommendations on how to minimize the need for, effects of, and duration of planned electric power outages that are due to extreme weather conditions, including such conditions under which the National Weather Service issues a red flag warning.


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