Statement by Todd Foley, ACORE Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “We’re concerned this proposed rulemaking uses grid resilience as an excuse to prop up plants that have not been shown to be needed, preventing consumers from buying the power they want to buy. On-site fuel power sources have not helped with severe weather events such as the Polar Vortex where coal piles froze, Hurricane Harvey where coal piles flooded, and the Fukushima event where the nuclear plant ceased to operate.
ACORE agrees that a reliable, affordable and resilient grid is a critical issue. Instead of this proposed rulemaking, the American people would be better served if Federal Energy Regulatory Commission articulated what they want to achieve around reliability and resiliency and then let the marketplace address a solution.
Renewable energy technologies provide many resiliency and reliability attributes to the grid, including flexibility, dispatchability, and other essential reliability services. These attributes must be recognized if we are going have a serious and equitable discussion, and ACORE intends to make sure these facts are included in our forthcoming public comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”
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