NERC’s Premature Analysis Overlooks Efficiency and Renewable Power Gains

WASHINGTON (April 21, 2015) –The North American Electric Reliability Corp. today claimed anew that the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants may cause our energy grid to become unreliable. Such fears are unfounded, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The following is a statement by John Moore, NRDC Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project:

“Despite NERC’s latest flawed analysis, we have confidence that the final rule will not weaken reliability. For one, NERC virtually ignores energy efficiency and the building momentum of wind and solar power. And we are equally confident that EPA’s final rule will grant states and utilities sufficient time and the flexibility they need to design their own, individual plans to implement the rule, which will curb carbon pollution that drives climate change. This is not the first time that some utilities and grid operators have cried wolf. Their warning is as misplaced as it is premature because EPA hasn’t yet issued its final rule.”


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