Various organizations weigh in on Quadrennial Energy Review

Now that the Obama administration has released the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), trade groups and environmental organizations wasted little time in sharing their thoughts on this systematic look at U.S. energy policy.

Here are a few reactions to the QER:

** Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn noted that his organization provided policy recommendations throughout the QER process and EEI is “thoroughly reviewing and evaluating the policy actions put forth today.”

** “We appreciate the QER’s focus on the reliability, resiliency and safety of the electric grid,” Kuhn went on to say.

“The industry is actively engaged with DOE and the Administration on significant efforts to improve the security of the grid, and we look forward to continuing to enhance the partnership that we have created through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. We are also appreciative of the QER’s focus on the siting and permitting of transmission and distribution infrastructure,” said the EEI President.

** “The Nuclear Energy Institute has long believed that the United States faces serious energy and environmental challenges,” said NEI Vice President for Policy Development and Planning Richard Myers.

“Although the transportation and transmission infrastructure issues covered in today’s Quadrennial Energy Review are undeniably important, NEI hopes that DOE will turn quickly to address equally significant challenges associated with electricity generation and investment,” Myers said.

“The Obama administration’s two signature initiatives in energy and environmental policy—an “all of the above” energy policy and a commitment to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector—are at serious risk if existing reactors shut down and conditions do not support construction of new nuclear plants,” Myers went on to say.

** American Gas Association (AGA) President and CEO, Dave McCurdy said that a significant amount of the natural gas infrastructure work called for in the QER study is already underway.

“Every natural gas utility is focused on upgrading and modernizing its infrastructure using risk-based integrity management programs, and 38 states now have specific rate mechanisms that foster accelerated replacement of pipelines,” McCurdy said.

“We appreciate the recognition that most of the authorities for energy infrastructure reside at the state and local level, and we will continue our efforts on these local fronts, while continuing to work with President Obama, the U.S. Department of Energy and other key stakeholders in addressing the energy challenges that face our nation through the use of clean, reliable natural gas,” said AGA’s McCurdy.

** Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh called the review an unprecedented effort aimed at grid modernization.

“A smart, 21st century power infrastructure – combined with the increasing deployment of energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy — will ensure America’s continued economic prosperity and competitiveness while protecting our health and the health of our planet by reducing carbon pollution — and combating dangerous climate change,” said NRDC’s Suh.

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