“[Electricity is] seven percent of the economy, but it’s the first seven percent because without it, nothing else works.”
Jim Robb, President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
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“We are retiring dispatchable generating resources at a pace and in an amount that is too fast and far too great, and it is threatening our ability to keep the lights on.”
Mark Christie, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
“As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal resource.”
Jim Matheson, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Dependable Power First is an initiative to draw attention to the pressing issue of power grid reliability in the United States. As the weather intensifies, experts predict that two-thirds of the country may experience power outages, primarily due to the rapid retirement of dependable electricity sources like coal. This leaves us vulnerable to electricity shortages during times of high electricity demand.
We call for a balanced and sensible energy strategy that ensures a dependable, affordable, and resilient electricity supply for all Americans. We support all electricity resources, especially coal, that can provide affordable, dependable, and resilient supplies of power.
The well-being of every American and our economic success are at stake. Let’s keep America powered by prioritizing dependable power first.
“We strongly encourage an approach to policymaking that expressly evaluates reliability impacts in the development phase of policy, not after the fact.”