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BCSE Statement on the Congressional Hearing about Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry (October 3, 2017)


October 3, 2017

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BCSE Statement on the Congressional Hearing about Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry

Washington, DC – Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, offered the following statement regarding today’s House Energy and Commerce hearing entitled, Part II:  Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry.  Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association; Christopher Mansour, Vice President Federal Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association; Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of  the Energy Storage Association; and Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan County PUD, on behalf of the National Hydropower Association were invited to testify at today’s hearing.

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is pleased to see that several of the Council’s members were invited to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today as the committee looks further into the question of reliability in a transforming electricity industry.

“These industries are helping to bring about significant changes to the U.S. electricity sector.  As these changes are occurring, energy productivity is increasing and wholesale and retail power prices have been declining in most parts of the country.  Further, consumers are spending the lowest amount of their household budget on energy costs since the early 1960s (see 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook).

“The portfolio of currently available clean energy technologies and services in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors – working with energy storage, demand response and micro-grids, among other technologies and services – is meeting the current needs of the grid affordably and reliably today and can meet the needs of an evolving electric grid into the future. The transformation to a more diverse electric system that is occurring is not jeopardizing grid reliability and resiliency.

“Recognizing that different regions or markets may require different solutions, the BCSE believes that market rules that allow for competition of resources and that value the evolving needs of the grid are fundamental to maintaining grid performance, ensuring resiliency and can avoid costly market distortions.

“The BCSE looks forward to working with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Department of Energy, and other government bodies, on the policy frameworks that are necessary to ensure grid reliability.”

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