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February 6, 2012

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BCSE Statement on FERC-NARUC Forum on
Reliability and the Environment

WASHINGTON, DC -The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson ahead of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Forum on Reliability and the Environment, taking place February 7 in Washington, DC:

“We look forward to following the FERC-NARUC collaborative discussions on environmental regulation and electric system reliability over the next year. As our filing to FERC in December following their Reliability Technical Conference stated—while we agree that system reliability is a paramount issue—we do not believe upcoming EPA rules will present a reliability crisis.

“This view is based on our belief that ample existing underutilized generation, new generation, and energy efficiency (including demand response and supply-side efficiency) is available to increase the reliability cushion. Furthermore, we feel that EPA, FERC, the Department of Energy, the Regional Transmission Organizations, and Independent System Operators have the necessary authority to navigate localized reliability concerns as they arise. Throughout the discussion, we also feel it is important that efforts to address reliability consider the cost impacts on consumers.

"Over the past year, the BCSE has made the case that American businesses can keep the lights on and grow the economy while protecting public health. We continue to believe that shifting to lower emissions technologies and resources while upgrading our nation's electric generation infrastructure will help drive economic growth and create jobs.”

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