Marshall requests Senate hearing on nation’s electric grid amid outages

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 11:46 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - U.S. Senator Roger Marshall is requesting a hearing to evaluate the reliability of the nation’s electric grid in extreme weather events.

Marshall sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources asking them to examine the system as well as the affordability of electricity and natural gas under duress.

“The Midwest and Great Plains have seen cold weather before,” Marshall wrote in the letter. “Electricity generators and natural gas producers in the north consistently operate in extreme cold weather. The ultimate questions become, ‘Why weren’t we prepared?’ and ‘What can we do to ensure this doesn’t happen again?’

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