American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of a Diverse Electricity Generation Portfolio: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 5, 2013 [open pdf - 2MB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 5, 2013 hearing, "American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of a Diverse Electricity Generation Portfolio," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power. From the opening statement of Ed Whitfield: "American electricity is like the American people -- our strength is in our diversity. And that is the topic of discussion for today's hearing, which is entitled 'American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of a Diverse Electricity Generation Portfolio.' Americans are fortunate to have a variety of electricity sources available to us. Each source brings its own unique mix of assets and liabilities. Some are inexpensive, while others are not. Some are reliably available 24 hours a day and seven days a week and ideal for baseload power, while others are not. Some can be quickly ramped up or down to match quick changes in demand, while others cannot. Some can be located almost anywhere, while others are geographically limited. Some can be easily integrated into the existing electric grid, while others would necessitate costly new infrastructure investments. As a result, there is no one ideal means of generating electricity. The best approach for affordability and reliability is a broad mix of generation sources, be it coal, natural gas, nuclear, or renewables. Each source can serve a purpose in the electricity mix, and each has strengths that can compensate for the other's weaknesses. And the best way to strike the right balance is through market forces -- not government mandates or other market distorting policies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ed Whitfield, Mark C. McCullough, William M. Mohl, Benjamin G.S. Fowke III, Marc S. Gerken, Robert Gramlich and John C. McClure.
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