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This week, the United States witnessed increasingly cold temperatures and early snowfalls from coast to coast. With temperatures dropping, we are reminded that maintaining a reliable electric grid is of the upmost importance.

 

Just yesterday, the Tennessee Valley Authority recorded peak power demand of more the 26,600 megawatts – the second highest peak demand for a November day in TVA history. TVA was able to meet the demand, but may find it increasingly difficult as the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon proposal threatens to reduce the supply of coal-fired electricity and severely impact the reliability of our electric grid.

 

Several major electric grid operators and energy-focused organizations have expressed concerns that EPA’s proposal fails to adequately protect electric grid reliability.

  • The Southwest Power Pool was among the first grid operators to release a study detailing major concerns with EPA’s proposed carbon regulations. In October, SPP warned of “voltage collapse and blackout conditions.”
  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the main grid operator serving 23 million Texans, also issued an analysis of the proposal. ERCOT stated that EPA’s proposal could result in “transmission reliability issues due to the loss of fossil fuel-fired generation resources...
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ACCCE Launches Get Out the Vote Initiative

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) announced today the launch of a new initiative aimed at promoting voter participation in November’s midterm elections. Created in partnership with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., the campaign encourages voters to learn where their candidates stand on energy issues before heading to the polls.

 

New Study Confirms Major Economic Costs from EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Washington, D.C. New analysis from NERA Economic Consulting projects significant negative economic impacts resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” to regulate CO2 emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

 

Sunny Skies for Administrator McCarthy as Americans Given the Cold Shoulder

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Washington, D.C. – In stark contrast to the coal miners who protested outside her agency’s headquarters on Tuesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has had a decidedly sunnier itinerary this week, visiting Los Angeles on Monday and

Brace for Higher Costs, Less Reliable Grid This Winter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Last winter brought frigid temperatures to many parts of the United States. Electric grid reliability concerns were widespread, and electricity prices surged. With colder months on the horizon, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) expressed its concerns about how diminished coal generation, as a result of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, will impact electricity costs and electric reliability for American consumers.

 

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