Electricity Grid: DOE Should Address Lessons Learned from Previous Disasters to Enhance Resilience, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "Natural disasters, such as cyclones, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and severe storms--and the power outages resulting from these disasters--have affected millions of customers and cost billions of dollars. The growing severity of wildfires and extreme weather events in recent years has been a principal contributor to an increase in the frequency and duration of power outages in the U.S. Federal agencies, such as DOE [Department of Energy] and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, play a significant role in disaster response, recovery, and resilience. This report (1) identifies lessons learned from federal, state, and other entities' responses to selected disasters that affected the electricity grid from 2017 to 2021; and (2) examines federal agency actions to address those lessons learned. [...] GAO [Government Accountability Office] is making one recommendation: that DOE establish a comprehensive approach to enhance coordination among its disaster response, grid recovery, and technical assistance efforts, including integrating lessons learned from prior disasters. DOE agreed with GAO's recommendation."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/