WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) President David Holt issued the following statement concerning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision that more information and public input is needed as it continues its efforts to review and improve the U.S. electricity grid.

“Today’s action underscores what CEA has long said on this important topic.  The U.S. grid, electricity markets and our national energy mix, as well as the needs of families and business everywhere is changing rapidly.  Just look at the exorbitant – and unnecessary – electricity prices families are forced to pay in the North East as the latest example of the need for sensible public policy to help lower energy prices. Wholesale prices for electricity increased by 600 percent, forcing hard-hit New England families to pay even more because elected leaders have failed to recognize basic needs for expanded energy delivery.

“CEA’s underlying concern continues to be that energy prices for families, seniors, small businesses, blue collar workers and those struggling to get by remain affordable and their service is reliable and there when they need it.”

Holt went on to say, “These are complex and serious times. We are glad this Administration and our regulatory agencies remain committed to addressing the challenges facing family budgets and their demands over the long-term. That is why CEA has long advocated for an all-of-the-above approach to energy approach, to ensure we have enough of a diversified fuel mix to meet electricity demand and provide affordable, reliable energy to families and businesses across the country.”

 

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