Last month, four of the nation’s leading renewable energy organizations issued a letter calling for Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to make his review of the US energy market open and informed. Now they are expressing their disappointment that thus far they have not heard back from Perry’s office and remain concerned that the study could be based on a false premise.
The group, consists of the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Four of the nation’s leading organizations advocating for renewable and clean energy the millions of jobs they’ve created in the past decade.
Perry called for a 60-day review of the nation’s electric generation and transmission system in an April 14 memo. The groups responded with their letter and studies on April 28, expressing concern that the study could be based on the premise “that renewable generation is responsible for the retirement of coal and nuclear generation resources, and that the loss of those resources will lead to declining reliability of the grid.”
President Donald Trump (R) has pushed for more coal and fossil fuel use and has made appointments that reflect that draconian viewpoint. As such, it would not be a surprise to see Secretary Perry’s review reflect that as well.
Each member of the group that sent the letter has produced analysis showing how renewable and advanced energy is a benefit to the US. Each analysis shows that changing the grid to embrace more energy diversity—from natural gas and better energy management to more use of renewables like wind and solar—not only saves consumers money but also strengthens the nation’s electric grid.
The four groups also submitted separate reports to Perry showing their conclusions. AEE’s Changing the Power Grid for the Better shows how the US’s electric generation mix is more diverse than ever, thanks energy efficiency, low-cost natural gas and competition from renewables. ACORE’s Energy Fact Check – The Impact of Renewables on Electricity Markets and Reliability discusses baseload electric generation and grid reliability.
AWEA’s Renewable Energy Builds a More Reliable and Resilient Electricity Mix shows that grid operators are finding that adding renewables the power grid costs less than integrating baseload sources. SEIA’s Solar & Renewables Benefit Grid & The U.S. Economy refers to multiple studies that show how solar and renewables provide advantages including reliability, fuel diversity and national security.Tweet