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Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power today will hold a hearing examining ways to ensure a reliable and robust electricity grid in the United States. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity underscored the importance of protecting Americans’ access to dependable energy while calling on the Subcommittee to address regulations that threaten the electricity sector including EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

 

“The well-being and security of our nation’s electricity grid is being put in serious jeopardy as a result of EPA’s energy policy,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “The administration and EPA have all but ignored concerns raised by industry experts, lawmakers and consumers, and continue to push forward with narrow-minded regulations that threaten the well-being of our most vulnerable communities. Today’s hearing must address these mounting issues head on and demand the protection of our nation’s energy supply.”

 

Notably, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been an outspoken critic of EPA’s proposed carbon regulations, citing serious concerns regarding impacts the proposed plan would have on grid reliability. Yet, EPA continues to largely bypass collaboration with FERC on its proposed standards, prompting FERC to organize a series of technical conferences focused on studying the effect of the Clean Power Plan on electric reliability, wholesale electric markets and operations and energy infrastructure.

 

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