While EPA thinks electricity is overrated, at least one energy regulator doesn’t.
Environment and Energy News PM reports,
A debate over whether new air pollution regulations could harm the electric grid demands more data and fewer sweeping allegations, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member said today.
Philip Moeller, a Republican in his second term at FERC, said in an interview today he is circulating 22 questions to industry and the public for information about how new U.S. EPA rules might affect the electric grid.
The regulations will be the focus of a FERC technical conference Nov. 29-30.
Regulators, including an official from EPA, are expected to ask grid operators and energy companies at the conference whether they have sufficient tools and information to model plant retirements and protect the grid.
“By circulating these questions in advance, I hope to provide interested people with an opportunity to provide ‘hard’ and ‘real’ evidence of reliability problems,” Moeller said in a statement. “The debate over EPA and reliability is too often a debate lacking in substance, where one person might say this nation has a reliability problem and another person will say the opposite.”