Energy

LPPC members ensure reliable, affordable service through fuel diversity that includes natural gas, nuclear, coal, wind, hydro, solar, and other renewable resources.

RELIABILITY

Reliable electric service is essential for economic growth in our communities. Thus, the federal government should consider the impact on reliability of the electric system as part of any pursuit of new policies, initiatives or mandates relating to the environment, public health, energy, and market regulation.

Ensuring the security and reliability of the grid is a critical issue for LPPC, the electric utility industry and our nation as a whole. All feasible steps must be taken to protect the grid from physical disruption.

LPPC members focus on investing in infrastructure and programs that mitigate potential risks to reliability. These investments include system upgrades, incorporating the best available technologies and exhaustive and continuous testing.

In addition, LPPC proactively works with federal and state entities to support policies that ensure reliability for our nation’s electric system. LPPC members participate in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a non-government organization that has been granted authority by the federal government to develop and enforce reliability standards. With NERC, LPPC members work to:

  1. Develop effective standards that focus on reliability
  2. Streamline the standard development process to make it more efficient with the ultimate goal of developing results-based, cost-effective reliability standards
  3. Reform compliance/enforcement programs and to ensure that NERC focuses on the issues that pose the greatest risk to the reliability of the bulk electric system in a manner that does not impose unreasonable costs on consumers

 

TRANSMISSION

A reliable transmission system is essential to the economic well-being of every US community. LPPC members believe that planning for future transmission should be regulated by state and local authorities and should benefit the customers who use it. Transmission planning processes should accelerate the building of necessary facilities while resulting in the least cost possible for local consumers.

FUEL DIVERSITY

Our nation is undergoing a fundamental shift in fuel pricing and supply. For example the use of natural gas to generate electricity is increasing while the use of coal is decreasing. Over-reliance on one fuel type can create risks that could increase the price that customers pay for power.

LPPC members are committed to maintaining a balanced fuel supply in order to provide reliable and affordable services to customers regardless of any market shifts that may occur. Currently about 36 percent of LPPC member-owned capacity is carbon-free and growing; this number is expected to increase by 10 percent in the next 10 years. LPPC members are also projected to purchase an additional 5,024 MW of carbon-free wind, solar, nuclear and hydro power over the next 10 years, which is 90 percent of members’ supply purchases.

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  1. Natural Gas
    With increased availability of domestic supply and lower emission rates than other fossil fuels, many LPPC members plan to increase natural gas in their fuel portfolio for the long term.
  1. Nuclear
    Nuclear power currently provides efficient, low-carbon electricity for millions of Americans. As owners and/or operators of nuclear power plants, LPPC supports policies that attract investment in new nuclear generation. Some of our members are critical partners in building the first nuclear power plants to come online in the US in more than 30 years.
  1. Coal
    LPPC members implement the newest available technology to provide cleaner coal power to the customers they serve. LPPC believes that policies impacting coal electricity generation should be developed in a balanced way to allow for confidence in investments that our members make in their community power systems.
  1. Hydro
    Hydropower is an affordable, reliable, renewable energy resource with tremendous growth potential. Many LPPC members provide clean hydropower to thousands of customers and as an organization we support policies that further its use.
  1. Wind, Solar and other Renewables
    LPPC members are always working to integrate more renewables into their electric systems. Our members invest in the development of wind and solar projects across the country. Several LPPC members are deploying cutting-edge renewable sources like geothermal, biomass and tidal power. Additionally, LPPC members have invested $540 million in behind-the-meter renewable energy and $511 million on renewable incentives.

INCREASED ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Another way that LPPC members improve their fuel diversity outlook is by focusing on energy efficiency. Through attention to innovation, use of the latest technology and customer education programs on conservation methods, our members are able to reduce electricity use and ensure optimal energy efficiency in our systems. LPPC members have invested almost $2.2 billion in demand side energy efficiency and spent $994 million on efficiency incentives.

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LPPC members are also committed to increasing energy efficiency technology like smart meters. LPPC member smart meters represent 15 percent of the smart meters in the U.S.

Energy efficiency and conservation are corner stones of our long term planning and LPPC members value investments in these programs for the benefits they provide their customers.