America’s electric grid was again the focus of Congressional oversight, this time at a September 28 House Energy Subcommittee hearing to examine the state of grid reliability. Like previous hearings, this one touched on misguided energy policies and proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that are undermining grid reliability and driving a reliability crisis because of the rapid loss of dispatchable resources.
The Subcommittee heard from a panel of seven Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) that collectively are responsible for two-thirds of the U.S. power grid. The grid operators made clear their concerns and warnings about the early retirement of 24/7 energy resources.
Here are a few of their remarks: