Public Power Urges Further Collaboration to Ensure Robust Electric Grid, April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014
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LPPC Applauds DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review Process

Washington, DC — Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Chairman Bill Gaines released the following statement in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) public meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER):

“LPPC thanks Secretary Moniz for his leadership and for providing the opportunity for stakeholders to participate in the QER process. We will continue to work closely with DOE and other QER participants to find ways to strengthen the reliability of one of our economy’s most valuable assets – the electric grid.

“As DOE embarks on the QER, focus is currently on the transmission, storage and distribution report. LPPC urges DOE to promote reasonable transmission policy that ensures a robust grid, including planning protocols that allow for long-term contracts to support infrastructure development and improved FERC transmission policy that does not impose an unwieldy transmission planning process or subsidize uneconomic transmission facilities.

“In addition to reasonable transmission policy to bolster grid resiliency, it is important to have a security framework that recognizes the need for: federal support for enhanced physical and cyber security; promotion of two-way voluntary, collaborative, and coordinated information sharing between the government and private sector; and appropriate protection from enforcement liability for entities that provide information in good faith.

“We appreciate the work being done by DOE through the QER process and for providing a forum for stakeholder collaboration.”

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 LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.