Advocates for Renewables File ‘Pre-buttal’ to DOE Grid Report

Advocates for Renewables File ‘Pre-buttal’ to DOE Grid Report

May 25, 2017

by Margarita Fournier, Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

As the Department of Energy (DOE) works on a new electric-grid study, environmental advocates fear that the result has been pre-determined. The GreenTech Media recently reported that an “alliance of clean energy groups has opted not to wait for the DOE to finish its 60-day study on baseload energy resources before weighing in on the research, which could influence energy markets all across the country.” They made up a word – ‘a pre-buttal,’ said Abby Ross Hopper, the CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) at GTM’s Solar Summit. “’I am concerned about [the study],’ she said. ‘I am concerned it will be a predicate for other things that could be harmful to our industry.’ Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested the study in a memo on April 14, with his staff due to report back 60 days from April 19. The research is intended to ‘explore critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid,’ and to analyze ‘market-distorting effects of federal subsidies that boost one form of energy at the expense of others.’ Perry wrote that the study will inform Trump administration policies. The study is expected to be completed this summer.

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