FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 25, 2021
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Opens Case to Investigate February 2021 Cold Weather Event
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission has opened a case to investigate the February 2021 cold weather event and its impact on Missouri investor-owned utilities.
“Much of the Midwest, including Missouri, experienced unseasonably cold temperatures in February 2021. Such temperatures resulted in rolling electrical blackouts and extreme natural gas price spikes in Missouri,” said the Commission. “The Commission will order its Regulatory Analysis and Customer Experience Departments, with assistance as needed from other departments within its Industry Analysis and Financial and Business Analysis Divisions, to investigate Missouri’s electrical and natural gas utilities’ preparation for and response to Missouri’s February 2021 extreme cold, and to report its findings to the Commission.”
The report is to summarize analysis performed by the Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), market monitors, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), or any other relevant body.
“The report should also include information from the utilities as to their response measures, impacts on customers, and lessons learned going forward,” said the Commission.
A report with initial findings is to be filed with the Commission no later than April 22, 2021.