PINEHURST — U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rogers (R-WA), and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) announced last Friday that they would be holding a field hearing on Friday, June 16, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The field hearing will be open to the public and the press and is set to take place at 10 a.m. at 395 Magnolia Rd. in Pinehurst. The title of the hearing is “Enhancing America’s Grid Security and Resilience.”
In December 2022, two electric substations in Moore County were intentionally attacked, resulting in widespread power outages that affected over 45,000 customers and lasted several days. An investigation into the attack is still ongoing, which involves the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and several county sheriff’s offices. Authorities have yet to make any arrests in connection to the attacks but are currently offering a $25,000 reward for information pertaining to the incident.
“Protecting the electric grid in our region and across the country is crucial to our national security and the wellbeing of all Americans,” said Hudson. “As Moore County’s Congressman, I am committed to finding solutions to strengthen our power grid in order to protect my constituents and prevent energy infrastructure attacks from happening again. I look forward to bringing my House colleagues to North Carolina next week.”
Following the attack, Hudson toured the impacted substation and met with Duke Energy and the Department of Energy to further discuss the importance of securing the region’s energy grid.
For those individuals who are unable to attend the hearing in person, a livestream of the event can be online at http://energycommerce.house.gov/.
If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson with the House of Energy and Commerce Committee staff at [email protected]. For press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at [email protected].