The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) released a study on Tuesday that concludes that utilities need more time to develop new generation and transmission than the EPA outlines in its proposed Clean Power Plan. Utility Dive quotes Malcolm Woolf, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, in its coverage of the story:
The NERC report “overstates the reliability issues,” said Malcolm Woolf, Policy VP for renewables business advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy. NERC’s model “overlooks many of the operational tools that grid operators have developed, and are continuing to develop, to manage a grid.”
The analysis also “excludes some technologies like demand response and puts artificial constraints on the contributions other technologies, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, skewing the results.” Finally, it fails to recognize “states have the flexibility to spread their emission reductions over the 10-year compliance period,” he said.
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