International Security & Foreign Policy

Blackstart Power Restoration for a Greener Grid

Grant Year: 2022


Chris Beck will lead an effort to develop strategies to restart the electric grid after a large regional blackout and establish “blackstart” power restoration capabilities. He will examine current and required capabilities for conducting blackstart operations; identify challenges to maintaining needed capabilities under current regulatory schemes; and develop potential options to improve blackstart resilience as utilities add intermittent renewable energy generation. The project’s findings will be presented in a handbook for utilities and regulators.