Serial No. 113-40: American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 9, 2013 [open pdf - 7MB]
This is the May 9, 2013 hearing, "American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape," before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power. From the opening statement of Ed Whitfield: "This hearing is entitled 'American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape.' Today's discussion builds on earlier hearings that addressed the challenges posed by changes in the nation's electricity generation portfolio. The proportion of electricity we get from coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, and non-hydro renewables has remained relatively constant over the last several decades. However, a shift is occurring and what is alarming is how fast the mix has changed during the past few years. And it is this rapid transition that presents a number of pressing concerns that must be addressed in order to ensure a reliable and affordable electricity supply. Most significantly, we are seeing a sharp drop in coal use and its replacement with natural gas. Part of this is due to market forces, namely the increased supply and relatively low price of domestic natural gas. But part is also the result of policy decisions made in Washington, particularly EPA's [Environmental Protection Agency] regulatory attack on coal. Policy decisions are also behind the increase in intermittent renewable resources such as wind and solar power, especially the generous federal tax breaks and subsidies that favor them as well as state-level renewable electricity mandates." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ed Whitfield, Fred Upton, Gary Sypolt, John Shelk, Paul Cicio, Daniel Weiss, Robert Gramlich, and Jonathan Lesser.
Serial No. 113-40
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