Coal fights back with claims that gas and renewables threaten the grid
Quick Take: Seeking more support for coal-burning power plants, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) has issued a statement claiming natural gas and renewables threaten the grid. Among their arguments:
- Coal is more reliable
- Transforming the grid to accommodate gas and renewables will cost too much (an estimated $1 trillion by 2030, according to a CalTech report
- Natural gas has problems including lack of pipeline capacity
As you will read below, they're taking the gloves off with fighting words such as "ideologues and activists... fail to grasp the basic fact that the current infrastructure cannot meet their pie in the sky policies." Whichever side you're on, you should brace yourself for a new, louder, more contentious debate. - By Jesse Berst
Continued Push for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Threaten Electric Grid
Statement from Laura Sheehan, Senior Vice President of Communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE):
December 4, 2013 â€“ â€œThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce tomorrow will look into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionâ€™s (FERC) role in identifying and mitigating potential impacts to electricity rates and electric reliability under EPAâ€™s new and proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. As the overseer of Americaâ€™s electric grid, FERC must play a robust role in ensuring grid reliability before communities across the country are faced with the consequences of an unreliable electric grid as a result of EPAâ€™s rulemaking efforts.
â€œThere is no question that a regulatory climate that forces reliable baseload coal plants offline raises serious concerns about the long-term energy future of our country. Based on current production, natural gas and renewable sources simply cannot meet the baseload energy demands of our nation. Additionally, to transform our nationâ€™s power delivery system to fully utilize these sources will be a massive, time-consuming and expensive undertaking.