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U.S. Electricity Grid & Cyber Security

Over the past year, the administration has sought various ways to economically support coal and nuclear plants. To achieve this, a recently leaked internal White House memo suggests the closure of coal and nuclear power plants leaves the nation’s electricity grid more vulnerable to cyber attacks. This one-pager addressed questions like: What does cyber security have to do with the energy sector? What is the administration saying? What’s the bottom line?

CRES Statement on Request to DOE Regarding Emergency Powers

Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Managing Director Heather Reams released the following statement regarding President Trump’s request to Secretary Perry “to prepare immediate steps” and provide recommendations for implementation of emergency powers to subsidize coal and nuclear plants.

““Maximizing the economic potential of American energy begins with harnessing the power of the free market…”

ELCON: Large Industrial Electricity Consumers Oppose DOE Subsidy to Coal and Nuclear

Washington, D.C. — John P. Hughes, CEO and President of the Electricity Consumers Resource Counsel, had the following comments about the Department of Energy’s action today to subsidize uneconomic coal and nuclear plants.

“Fuel security and resilience are phony issues.” …

Affordable Energy Coalition Statement On Request To DOE Regarding Emergency Powers

Washington, D.C., June 1, 2018 – Today, the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s request to Secretary Perry “to prepare immediate steps” and provide recommendations for implementation of emergency powers to subsidize coal and nuclear plants…

What Is Section 202(c)?

Hearing murmurs about Section 202(c) and not sure what it means? Check out this one-pager.

What Is The DPA?

Hearing murmurs about the Defense Production Act and not sure how it fits into the debate? Check out this one-pager.

Affordable Energy Coalition Statement On Section 202 Request To Secretary Perry

Washington, D.C., March 29, 2018 – Today, the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) released the following statement in response to a letter from FirstEnergy urging Secretary Perry to use his Section 202(c) emergency powers under the Federal Power Act to subsidize coal and nuclear plants:

“These powers were intended to be used in the case of national emergencies, mass shortages of electricity, or when wars require increased generation of American energy. The retirement of power plants that are losing money and cannot compete in a free market does not constitute such an emergency, particularly when you consider that independent and government data show that the current grid meets reliability and resiliency needs,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for AEC. “We urge Secretary Perry to continue working with all stakeholders and grid operators rather than misusing emergency powers.” …

Affordable Energy Coalition Applauds FERC Decision

Washington, D.C., January 8, 2018 – Today, the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) released the following statement in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to reject the “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule”:

“We applaud the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to reject the proposed rule. This decision is a victory for the tens of millions of consumers in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast who would have seen their electricity bills increase with little or nothing to show for it,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for the AEC.” …

AnnaKatherine Clarke: The NOPR As A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Why The Consequences Of The NOPR Are Significant Across The Country

Regulatory debates aren’t generally considered the most exciting of news. That’s not an excuse, though, for turning a blind eye on the massive changes proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this fall. Recently, the Energy Department submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the body which oversees the U.S. power grid.

What They Are Saying: Electricity Experts

Curious about the chatter surrounding the Department of Energy’s proposal to FERC? Here’s what electricity experts have to say about the NOPR.

What They Are Saying: Conservative Voices

Curious about the chatter surrounding the Department of Energy’s proposal to FERC? Here’s what conservative groups have to say about the NOPR.

What They Are Saying: Consumer Groups

Curious about the chatter surrounding the Department of Energy’s proposal to FERC? Here’s what consumer groups have to say about the NOPR.

Affordable Energy Coalition Welcomes FERC Chairman McIntyre,
Urges Power Market Cost Efficiencies During His Tenure

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2017 – Today, the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) released the following statement in response to the swearing in of Kevin McIntyre as the new Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Affordable Energy Coalition Welcomes New Members As FERC Deadline Approaches

Washington, D.C., December 6, 2017 – Today, the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) welcomed the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Conservation Coalition (ACC), and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum (CRES Forum) as new members. The AEC represents a diverse group of organizations focused on keeping energy affordable for American consumers.

Blog: The Department Of Energy Proposal Will Likely Do More Harm Than Good

Yesterday, the Heritage Foundation and the Institute of Energy Research held a panel on the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reward certain power plants for on-site fuel storage, which independent analysis has shown would raise energy prices by more than $10 billion each year, upend markets, and provide little to no benefit to electric grid reliability. As noted during the panel, the so-called “resiliency” proposal before FERC is likely to do more harm than good.

Affordable Energy Coalition Responds To Remarks By FERC Chairman Chatterjee At CEA Event

Washington, D.C., November 28, 2017 – The Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) released the following statement in response to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee’s remarks about the Department of Energy’s Notice of Public Rulemaking (NOPR).

Affordable Energy Coalition Welcomes Members Representing Consumers And Businesses

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2017 – Today, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), BP, the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON), Energy Storage Association (ESA), Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA), and R Street Institute joined the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC) to stand up for electricity consumers across America and urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the Department of Energy’s (DOE) harmful grid proposal.

Affordable Energy Coalition Formed To Keep Energy Prices Low For Consumers

 Proposed Federal Rule Would Raise Power Costs And Undermine The Competitive Market

 Washington, D.C., November 7, 2017 – Today marked the launch of the Affordable Energy Coalition (AEC), a group working to keep energy prices low for consumers. The coalition is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject a proposed Department of Energy (DOE) rule that would reward power plants that can store 90 days’ worth of fuel. This proposal would unfairly subsidize nuclear and coal at the expense of other energy sources and raise costs for the public.

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