The Issue

The Affordable Energy Coalition is dedicated to protecting consumers against proposals that would raise the price of electricity for American consumers and decrease grid reliability by diverting funds away from critical infrastructure investments.


Raising Consumer Prices:

AEC opposes proposals that would benefit a small group of companies at the expense of consumers.


Disrupting The Energy Market:

Competitive markets for electricity in the United States have consistently benefited consumers over the past 20 years.


No Change To Reliability:

As the 2018 Bomb Cyclone emphasized, the power grid has been tested by extreme weather and proven to be reliable. From power grid operators to industry organizations, experts in this subject matter have stated time and again that competitive markets are effectively maintaining grid reliability and resilience.

News & Resources

New Report: Power Plant Bailout To Cost Consumers Up To $35 Billion Per Year

The Brattle Group recently released a report outlining the estimated cost of the administration's most recent proposal to prop up some uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants. Please find included below, a reaction statement from Affordable Energy Coalition  spokesman Michael Steel and key takeaways from the report. AEC Spokesperson Michael Steel: "This proposal is anti-consumer, anti-markets, and offers no benefit to the resilience of the electric grid.  Americans should not be forced to pay...

Ed. Boards On Bailout Plan: “Ridiculously Bad Idea” & “Losses For Everybody Else”

Editorial boards are speaking out against the administration's order to the U.S. Department of Energy to prop up aging and uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants. The proposal is already being called out by editorial boards for what it is -- a money grab by a few special interests groups in Washington at the expense of consumers everywhere. Some highlights: Bloomberg Editorial Board: "This is not a real problem." "The chief beneficiaries of Trump’s plan would be coal-plant operators and...

WSJ Ed Board, Conservatives, And Free Market Groups Weigh In Against DOE-Proposed Bailout

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board's piece against the proposed bailout for coal and nuclear plants, along with an ever-growing list of conservative and free market voices who are weighing in against the proposal. You can find commentary from Heritage, Cato, R Street, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions, and more below along with links. My favorite bit from The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board: "As Governor of Texas, Mr. Perry often visited our offices to explain why the U.S....

Another Name For Emergency Government Intervention? A Consumer-Backed Bailout

As a couple of struggling energy companies are increasingly pressing the administration to invoke emergency powers to prop up their uneconomic power plants, we want to flag for you two important expert opinions on the matter that popped this weekend. Quotes below (emphasis mine): David Schlissel, director of resource planning analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: "These are purely political machinations in response to market changes that continue to gain momentum...

The Defense Production Act? “Perhaps Not The Most Obvious Fit”

When asked about the potential use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to prop up aging and uneconomic power plants, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre put it simply: "It's perhaps not the most obvious fit." Recent commentary from industry experts reiterate the point: Devin Hartman, Electricity Policy Manager, R Street Institute: "What DOE is doing now is essentially scrubbing all potential statutes to find something that could be the most legally defensible case." Tom Pyle, President, American...

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