FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Urges FERC to Decline DOE Grid Resiliency Pricing Proposal
Washington, DC – In comments submitted today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) urged the Commission to decline the proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on electricity grid reliability and resiliency pricing. Council President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding the submission.
“Resiliency and reliability issues are paramount to the electric sector. However, the DOE proposal fails to identify an immediate problem or substantial evidence for greater “resiliency” provided by resources with a 90-day on-site fuel supply.
“The portfolio of currently available clean energy technologies and services in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors – working with energy storage, demand response and micro-grids, among other technologies and services – is meeting the needs of the grid affordably and reliably today and can meet the needs of an evolving electric grid into the future. The DOE proposal could jeopardize this approach.
“Additionally, the DOE proposal does not provide adequate time or detail for interested parties to comment, especially given the magnitude of the policy action recommended. To the extent the Commission has concerns regarding the impact of plant retirements on grid reliability and resiliency, it can gather more information regarding resiliency and what, if any, reforms might be needed to address it within the organized markets. FERC should decline this proposal and pursue other processes to consider resiliency and reliability issues.”
Please see a copy of the BCSE submission here.
Download the press release.