Electricity Grid: Opportunities Exist for DOE to Better Support Utilities in Improving Resilience to Hurricanes, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Highlights: "Hurricanes pose significant threats to the electricity grid in some U.S. coastal areas and territories and are a leading cause of major power outages. In recent years, hurricanes have impacted millions of customers in these areas. Adoption of technologies and other measures could improve the resilience of the grid so that it is better able to withstand and rapidly recover from severe weather; this could help mitigate the effects of hurricanes. This report examines (1) measures utilities in selected states have adopted to enhance grid resilience following major hurricanes since 2012 and any challenges utilities face funding such measures; and (2) federal efforts to support the adoption of measures to enhance grid resilience to hurricanes and any opportunities that exist to improve these efforts. For this report, GAO [Government Accountability Office] assessed agency and industry actions; reviewed relevant reports, policies, and documents; and interviewed federal, industry, and local officials."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/