Statement from ACCCE President and CEO, Steve Miller, in Response to FERC Chairman’s Comments
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects a nearly 25% increase in electricity demand by 2030- including a 16% increase in the use of coal-just to meet growing energy demand in
Currently, coal and nuclear provide more than 70% of the electricity generated in the United States–and this electricity is generated as baseload power, which is available all day, every day. Ignoring the obvious benefits of traditional baseload fuels could put the reliability of the nation’s electricity supply at risk. The North American Reliability Coordinating Corporation (NERC) has repeatedly warned in recent years that reserve margins have been shrinking to dangerous levels in several regions of the country-and that policymakers and industry must take additional steps to ensure grid reliability, including the development of new baseload generating assets.
Siting new coal-fueled plants is also a crucial element in cost-effective policies to ultimately reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions. Not only
ACCCE asks Chairman Wellinghoff to reconsider these remarks and work with Congress, other federal agencies, industry, and the American people to ensure that we continue using America’s most abundant energy resource-coal-in ways that will help our nation to regain its economic strength by holding down energy costs, foster greater energy independence, and meet the goal of reducing our carbon footprint.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from coal. Because coal is America’s most abundant energy resource, ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal’s vital role in meeting our country’s growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero emissions. Headquartered in