America’s Power on NERC 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment

Washington, D.C. – America’s Power President and CEO Michelle Bloodworth issued the following statement in response to the release of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment.

“NERC’s latest reliability assessment shows that our electricity grid is becoming increasingly reliant on weather-dependent sources of electricity, leaving one-third of the country at elevated risk of blackouts this summer. However, the risks will increase because of EPA regulations.

Delayed coal plant retirements are playing a key role in supporting grid reliability.  However, this is only a temporary band aid because EPA regulations will cause more coal retirements that cannot be delayed.  These regulations, especially the recently announced Carbon Rule, increase the chance of blackouts.

With electricity demand exploding, our country needs a strategy for ensuring a healthy long-term electricity supply that doesn’t depend on the sun and the wind and is not dictated by EPA regulations.

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