Column: Proposed reconciliation bill would raise electricity bills and lower grid reliability
- Sep 24, 2021 4:53 pm GMT
Buried inside the massive
That's assuming the electricity keeps flowing under a plan that calls for the drastic goal of eliminating nearly all fossil fuel-based electricity, including natural gas and coal, by 2030.
Its future is uncertain in the
And given the goal is to shut down the entire domestic coal industry, let alone phase out the gas industry, it's also not a surprise that the
But other stakeholders, representing publicly-owned utilities and small, rural coops, are also against this radical plan they fear could either leave their ratepayers holding the bag, huddling in the dark - or both.
That's particularly true in the 44 states that rely on fossil fuels for 25% or more of their electricity. Collectively these fossil fuels provided 60% of the nation's power generation last year.
"All the costs incurred by our members are passed along to their customers," APPA President
Many organizations, like the
For all the talk of wind and solar, wood burning actually accounts for a greater part of the energy matrix than solar.
Wind is the majority, at 26%, but that's inside of a pie chart consisting of all renewables, which account for only 12% of
Meanwhile, coal has certainly declined from where it once was, currently close to 25% and shrinking. America is well along the path to cleaner electricity without the costly and risky Clean Electricity Performance Program.
Reducing to zero fossil fuels is not going to happen in 10 years.
At the same time,
The vast majority of America's energy industry supports the idea of transitioning toward carbon-neutral energy. They are already doing more to achieve it than any politicians or government mandates.
What they don't support is a policy that hurts American businesses, raises costs on homeowners and makes the
You don't have to work in a coal mine to oppose that.
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