New York Blackout of July 13, 1977; Costs and Preventative Action, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-Fifth Congress, Second Session, July 10, 1978   [open pdf - 108MB]

This is the July 10, 1978 hearing on "New York Blackout of July 13, 1977; Costs and Preventative Action," held before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the U.S. House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. From the opening statement of John D. Dingell: "The subcommittee commences the second of a series of hearings into the massive power failure that struck the electrical system of the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York on July 13 and 14 of last year. The purpose of this hearing is threefold. First, it is the desire of this subcommittee to determine what steps have been taken over the past year to prevent, or at least render less likely, a repetition of the disaster which virtually paralyzed the greater metropolitan area of New York for up to 2 days last year. Second, it is the intention of this subcommittee to attempt to determine with some degree of accuracy what was the real economic cost of last year's blackout and also to determine what are the costs of steps necessary to render a repetition less likely, and to speed restoration of service and mitigate damage in the event of a recurrence. Third, it is the purpose of this subcommittee to ascertain whether or not additional legislative action may be necessary to close regulatory gaps, if any, and to protect the public interest by strengthening or extending regulatory authority over matters affecting the reliability of the Nation's electric generating, transmission, and distribution systems. Parenthetically, the Chair will advise it is also the concern of the Chair as to the maintenance and the reliability of equipment in these systems."

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Serial No. 95-148
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