For the second time in less than a month, the state of the nation’s electric power system was the focus of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as it met to “Examine the Reliability and Resiliency of Electric Services in the U.S. in Light of Recent Reliability Assessments and Alerts.” Senators did not hold back on the administration’s short-sighted energy policies and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that are targeting dispatchable generation resources at an aggressive rate. Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) characterized the regulatory scheme as “death by a thousand unreasonable cuts,” while Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WYO) called out “reckless policies” and advocated for policies that ensure reliable and affordable energy on the country’s electric grid.
As PJM Interconnection President and CEO Manu Asthana told the Committee, “It is not about the entry of the new intermittent resources. It is about the premature exit of the resources that we need to balance the grid.” Grid operators and energy experts agreed during a hearing where “risk” was cited no less than 51 times.
Watch Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) question witnesses about EPA regulations, early retirements, and the availability of replacements, and read comments from the hearing: