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Industry Orgs Weigh In On QER
By: Barbara Vergetis Lundin
Published: October 13, 2014 FierceEnergy

As significant shifts are underway in the American energy landscape, recommendations focus on several areas that will provide for the long-term strength, flexibility and resilience of the nation's energy system. The optimization of these existing assets will be essential to ensure the delivery of clean, reliable and affordable energy.

Many industry organizations have been involved with shaping the first phase of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

"As the United States' energy transformation continues towards greater use of low-carbon resources and more efficient-energy production and consumption, the integration of these technologies requires new grid functionality and energy infrastructure planning and investment," said Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson. "A holistic approach going forward is required -- one that takes into account the distinct and valuable roles that the government, the private sector, and stakeholders play in planning, managing and financing energy infrastructure."

Part of this holistic approach includes areas where the U.S. government can maximize and leverage its positive impact on the transmission and distribution infrastructure through a multi-stakeholder approach in partnership with the private sector.

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has also been actively engaged in the first phase of the QER, focusing on transmission, storage and distribution.

"It is vital that the QER process recognizes the value that the electric grid provides to all Americans and its critical importance to our daily lives, the economy, and national security," EEI Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Regulatory Affairs David Owens.

EEI's comments emphasize that QER recommendations should preserve and promote policies that encourage infrastructure investment, mitigate risk, and provide regulatory certainty.

"This will help to enable the integration of new technologies onto the grid, and will enable the continued delivery of reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean electricity to all customers," Owens said. "Additionally, EEI believes the QER should encourage policymakers and industry stakeholders at all levels to work to ensure electric reliability and a level playing field while minimizing environmental impacts and costs to customers."

Read the BCSE comments here, EEI Comments here.