Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) issued the following statement today after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) blamed "bad planning" for last year's massive electricity outage in the Coachella Valley:
"Accidents happen but poor planning shouldn't. Today's FERC report confirms what I have suspected for some time: Last year's massive electricity outage could well have been avoided with smart contingency plans in place. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake up call to all utilities and federal regulators. With the temperature hitting a near-record high of 114 degrees during the blackout, we're extremely lucky that someone did not die from the intense heat. But let's not push that luck. Moving forward, officials at FERC need to make certain -- and I'll be looking over their shoulder -- that utilities have comprehensive contingency plans in place to cover a wide-range of possible scenarios. Valley residents deserve no less."