Federal regulators and legislators must recognize the importance of maintaining and improving the grid’s reliability, affordability and environmental performance in balance. To that end, policymakers must understand the impact of government requirements on baseload capacity and the reliability of the grid. At a minimum, federal agencies must formally review and recognize the realistic and predictable consequences of their regulatory actions with the dual goal of prevention and mitigation.
Industry, regulators and other leaders need to more vigorously share their views on the challenges facing today’s grid — including physical security, cybersecurity and regulatory impacts. The burdens of maintaining the grid must be fairly borne, and powerful regulatory laws must be judiciously administered.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.