U.S. Department of Energy’s Electric Grid Reliability Study
Posted August 28, 2017
Jason Bohrer Statement regarding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electric Grid Reliability Study:
The electric grid reliability study results confirm that coal remains a critical energy source for consumers and businesses across the Midwest and throughout the United States. This analysis also reaffirms that baseload generation resources are critical to meeting our nation’s energy demand today and in the future.
Utilizing coal as part of a broad energy portfolio not only ensures reliability for our nation’s electric grid it also is far less expensive than heavily subsidized renewable fuels.
The Lignite Energy Council commends Secretary Perry for initiating this important study and for his continued focus on taking the necessary actions to ensure the reliability of our nation’s electricity grid and America’s energy security.
The grid study reflects current challenges facing regional utilities and transmission organizations. The electric utility business has changed because of natural gas from shale, increased federal regulations and federal incentives that pick winners and losers. While additional work is required, this study shines a bright light on the changes that can potentially harm the reliability and the resilience of the grid during temperature extremes.
North Dakota’s lignite coal-based electricity is a dependable and critical energy source that ensures reliability for 2 million consumers across the Upper Midwest. Because our plants are located near the lignite mines, the fuel source is both economical and reliable.
In addition, North Dakota’s coal industry provides critical jobs, tax revenue and the affordable electricity that helps keep the state’s economy strong. North Dakota is also a clean air state and the mines’ reclamation efforts have won many national awards.