The American Public Power Association (APPA) applauds the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) for its rigorous and timely assessment of the potential reliability impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan.
NERC, as the nation’s appointed electric reliability organization, periodically assesses the reliability and adequacy of the nation’s bulk power system. Now, NERC has issued a report that raises a note of caution as the Clean Power Plan proposes sweeping changes to our nation’s current system of energy generation, transmission, distribution and consumption.
NERC has emphasized the need for additional time to develop and implement state compliance plans and for a reliability assurance mechanism. This includes time to plan, permit and build the infrastructure necessary to implement the Clean Power Plan. These and other concerns and recommendations in the NERC assessment line up with those of many states and industry stakeholders, including public power utilities.
The EPA cannot afford to curtly dismiss NERC’s assessment as untimely or incomplete. EPA must carefully review the recommendations and make appropriate adjustments to the Clean Power Plan proposal to preserve the reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electric service consumers expect and deserve.
A complete copy of the assessment is available at www.NERC.com.