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Sen. Murkowski Calls for Greater Emphasis on Protecting Electric Reliability

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February 12, 2014

Tuesday February 11

Sen. Murkowski Calls for Greater Emphasis on Protecting Electric Reliability

Top Republican on Senate Energy Panel Releases White Paper, Delivers Address at NARUC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today warned that the reliability of the nation's electric grid could suffer unless federal policymakers pay greater attention to the impacts of a range of new factors and forces, including changes in the nation's electricity mix and regulations being issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Murkowski made her remarks at the annual winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In addition to her speech, Murkowski also raises a number of concerns about the continued reliability of the electric grid in a white paper, entitled Powering the Future: Ensuring that Federal Policy Fully Supports Electric Reliability.

Murkowski's remarks covered many of the factors that increasingly threaten the reliability of the electric grid: the closure of baseload generating units, increased use of intermittent resources, weather events such as the recent polar vortex, the influence of federal government preferences and subsidies, and the potential consequences of new federal environmental regulations.


While the Metcalf incident has made headlines in recent days and addressing the risk of physical attack is a key issue, without careful and formal review, federal policy and regulation present enduring challenges to the reliability and affordability of the grid, Murkowski said.

She closed her remarks with a call for regulators and industry leaders "to speak out more consistently and more candidly about the challenges" they see as the nation strives for a grid that is both more reliable and more affordable. Murkowski said that federal agencies need to analyze and comprehend the impacts of cumulative regulations, and that regulatory and legislative reforms should be considered to ensure a more robust role for electric reliability professionals in evaluating environmental rules.

Murkowski is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The white paper is available on the energy panel's website. The full text of her remarks at NARUC is pasted below: 

Address for NARUC's

Winter Conference Meetings

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

February 11, 2014 …

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