• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

“Biden forces EPA to regulate non-existent energy sources”

“Biden forces EPA to regulate non-existent energy sources”

Washington, DC – Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) made the following opening statement at today’s Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee hearing.Clean Power Plan 2.0: EPA’s Latest Assault on America’s Electric Reliability.”

Excerpts and highlights below:

EPA’s Regulatory Assault

“From day one, President Biden has put America’s energy security at risk by citing a ‘whole-of-government’ climate agenda that will increase energy costs, reduce energy reliability and harm our economic and national security.

“At the forefront of this regulatory onslaught is the EPA’s recent announcement proposing costly and unproven greenhouse gas emissions standards on electric power generation units, particularly coal and natural gas-fired power generation that account for only 60% of America’s electricity generation capacity.

The Biden administration’s ‘Clean Power Plan 2.0’ calls for existing coal generation to either limit its capacity factor to 20%, co-operate with 40% natural gas, or capture 90% of carbon dioxide using CCS.

“Similarly, natural gas-fired power generation must either, at different dates, co-fire with 30% ‘clean hydrogen’, or install CCS and co-fire with more than 90% ‘clean’ hydrogen.

“Now it feels great! Except the devil is in the details.

“Experts tell us that these requirements on this timeline are both practical and technically unattainable if the grid is to remain operational.

“That’s a big issue and I want to hear more about it today.

“I wonder, is that by design? We are just beginning a path to severe grid reliability challenges across the country, and in fact, we are already there.

The threat of unreliable energy

“A few months ago, PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest grid operator, whose service area covers the entire state of Ohio, released a report stating that by 2030 it would face serious generation capacity shortages.

“The report specifically noted that existing EPA regulations, including coal combustion residues, the Good Neighbor Act, and effluent limitation guidelines, are responsible for this lack of capacity.

“Add all these new regulatory attacks on baseload generation to that list, and while the proposal has not been finalized, it sends signals to the market that investing in new gas-fired power generation or running existing units through their service lives is not economically viable. .

“Furthermore, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, in its annual Summer Reliability Assessment, warned that the vast majority of the country is at high risk of insufficient operating reserves during above-normal demand this summer—not 2030, but this summer!

“This does not happen by chance. These electric reliability challenges are a direct result of tough climate regulations favored by many congressional Democrats and the Biden administration.

“The Biden administration has no plans to ensure that more reliable generation capacity is connected to the grid.

“Due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy, one megawatt of wind or solar power is not fundamentally equivalent to one megawatt of coal, nuclear, or natural gas-fired generation. That’s science, that’s a fact.

“However, Biden is forcing the EPA to regulate non-existent energy sources.

“This proposed regulation is yet another attempt by the environmental left to fundamentally change our nation’s electric generation portfolio.

“This blatantly contradicts the state’s right to choose its own electric generation mix, a key element of the Federal Power Act.

“We saw what happened last time they tried to regulate natural gas and coal out of existence.

“In West Virginia v. EPA, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court found that such sweeping regulation by the federal government defeats the “important questions” doctrine, which states that an action of major national importance must be accompanied by a clear directive from Congress.

“The EPA didn’t have that authority then, and it doesn’t have that authority now to transform our electric sector.”

EPA is busy with these regulations

“I am also concerned about the process by which this proposed regulation was developed.

“According to multiple reports, the EPA has submitted an original proposal to the White House for review that does not include restrictions on existing natural gas production.

“But after the White House had a chance to review it, the EPA reportedly revised the rule to put existing natural gas production in their crosshairs.

“They took this extreme step despite the fact that natural gas accounts for nearly 40% of our electric generation portfolio and is the primary driver behind emissions reductions in the electric power sector.

“This is further evidence that this administration is not only interested in decarbonisation.

Consumer costs, energy reliability and resilience are afterthoughts in the pursuit of a ‘zero-carbon electric grid’ and a ‘net-zero economy’.

“Thank you to our witnesses for being here today. Especially Mr. O’Loughlin and Mr. Schnichler from the Buckeye State.

“I look forward to hearing from each of our witnesses about the harmful effects this proposed regulation will have on our energy security, reliability, livability and affordability.”

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