Joint Association Letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Concerning DOE Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability.

Dear Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Pallone, Subcommittee Chairman Upton, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Rush:


The undersigned energy trade associations thank the Committee for holding an important hearing, Powering America: Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry. In advance of this hearing, we would like to share our consensus with the Committee.

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability. We commend DOE for its examination of key factors that can enhance the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid, our nation’s most critical infrastructure. This study underscores that diversity of resources and technologies—and, thereby, a diversity of services—is needed to provide reliable and affordable electricity for customers.

Competitive electricity market rules should promote a diverse portfolio, which includes traditional, renewable, and emerging energy sources, through fuel neutral policies that recognize the role that all generation resources can play in maintaining reliability, resiliency, and resource adequacy. The markets also should accommodate different business models’ (electric cooperatives, public power utilities, and investor-owned electric companies) planning and procurement decisions.

The DOE report encourages the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address wholesale electric price formation in the centrally operated electricity markets and the valuation of essential reliability services. Price formation can be an important tool for improving the efficiency of the markets, but also must provide benefits and protections for consumers. The undersigned energy trade associations look forward to working together with FERC, the regional transmission operators, and the independent system operators that run these wholesale electric markets, and with all stakeholders, on these important issues and other market concerns.

The undersigned trade associations agree with the report’s recommendation that DOE and related federal agencies accelerate the process and reduce the costs for licensing, relicensing, certificating, and permitting all types of generation and related infrastructure needed to ensure electric reliability.




Thomas R. Kuhn, President

Edison Electric Institute

Hal Quinn, President and CEO

National Mining Association

Sue Kelly, President and COE

American Public Power Association


Karen A. Harbert, President and CEO

Global Energy Institute

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Jack Gerard, President and CEO

American Petroleum Institute


Paul Bailey, President & CEO

American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity


Maria Korsnick, President and CEO

Nuclear Energy Institute


Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director

National Hydropower Association


Jim Matheson, CEO

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


Dena Wiggins, President and CEO

Natural Gas Supply Association


John E. Shelk, President and CEO

Electric Power Supply Association


Tom Kiernan, CEO

American Wind Energy Association


Donald F. Santa, Jr., President and CEO

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Dave McCurdy, President and CEO

American Gas Association



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