Comments From Industry
Statement by Gregory Wetstone, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), President and Chief Executive Officer
“We look forward to reviewing the full report in greater detail, and welcome the focus on the resilience and security of our electricity supply suggested in the report’s recommendations.
There is little doubt that the increasing use of renewable energy has made the nation’s electrical grid more robust and secure. In fact, experts have concluded that renewable sources were critical to maintaining electricity supply during the polar vortex, when other power sources became unavailable.
Certainly, we would be concerned by any effort to use resiliency as an excuse for propping up uneconomic sources of electrical power, and denying consumers free market access to clean, cost-effective renewable energy from, for example, wind and solar power.”
Statement by Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association
“We received the U.S. Department of Energy’s grid study and reviewed its key findings and recommendations. The wind industry appreciated the opportunity to contribute analysis to DOE during this process, and we look forward to completing our review and continuing to work with DOE and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
We agree with DOE that it makes sense to determine how a portfolio of domestic energy resources can ensure grid reliability and resilience. Wind energy contributes to the grid services that incumbent baseload also provides, and will continue to be a growing part of a reliable, resilient U.S. electric grid.
DOE’s comprehensive report provides a number of valuable policy recommendations. In particular, DOE’s recommendations to value essential reliability services, which wind provides; to minimize regulatory barriers to energy production; and to accelerate infrastructure and transmission development are prudent and will help continue America’s wind power success story. In addition to generating low-cost, clean, reliable electricity, the U.S. wind industry is expected to support 147,000 jobs by 2020, including 33,000 jobs at over 500 U.S. factories.”
Sunnova Energy Corp. said that it was pleased the study had been conducted, showcasing the positive, substantial increase in renewable energy on the grid and its further emphasis that electricity users care not only about where their energy comes from but about long-term affordability and reliability as it concerns their energy use.
“The DOE study underscores the critical and increasing role of renewables in the nation’s energy mix and we applaud Secretary Perry and his team for their thoughtful approach to this important study,” Sunnova’s Chief Executive Officer John Berger said. “Residential solar plays a key part in this rapidly evolving landscape and we look forward to working with the DOE and all regulatory agencies at both the federal and state levels to support reforms that empower energy consumers, while adding to the resiliency and reliability of our nation’s energy infrastructure.”
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