U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson is holding a field hearing at Pinehurst Village Hall on Friday, June 16, at 10 a.m. to discuss protecting the nation’s electric grid after an attack was made on two Moore County substations in December 2022.
“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, who lives in Southern Pines. “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.”
Someone fired multiple gunshots at two Duke Energy substations. The damage to the West End and Carthage substations led to a massive power outage affecting approximately 45,000 customers, some losing power for as long as five days. No arrests have been made in the case.
Following the attack, Rep. 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.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security hearing titled “Enhancing America’s Grid Security and Resilience” will be open to the public and livestreamed at energycommerce.house.gov.
Feature photo: Crews work on Carthage’s substation after an unknown person(s) attacked our power grid by gunfire in December/Sandhills Sentinel.