Navigating the Path to a Sustainable and Reliable Power Supply
The electrification of America’s economy is a massive task. But LPPC members, who represent every region of the country, are embracing the challenge to provide their communities with a reliable and sustainable power supply.
At this year’s 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week, a bi-partisan forum dedicated to exploring the business and policy priorities that shape clean energy innovation, LPPC President John Di Stasio emphasized that the journey to decarbonizing the energy sector while ensuring reliability and affordability is multifaceted.
John noted that it demands a nuanced approach that considers regional differences, resource attributes, supply chain constraints, growing extreme weather events, and policy and regulatory reforms on the state and federal levels. And the recent focus on resilience, reliability, and resource adequacy by regulatory bodies like NERC and FERC underscores the urgency of these issues.
As more renewable, clean-energy technologies come online and make a positive impact on the U.S. energy landscape, LPPC members are also determined to continue offering their customers the most reliable electric service in the nation.
To do so requires a balanced approach – one that incorporates not only intermittent solar and wind resources, which are cleaner however weather-dependent, but other dependable energy sources as well, like hydropower and natural gas. This balanced generation portfolio, which looks different region by region, ensures reliability and safeguards uninterrupted power supply even in the face of extreme weather conditions.
John cited LPPC member Salt River Project (SRP), which successfully navigated this summer’s extreme weather to ensure their customers in metro Phoenix had access to clean and reliable power when they needed it most. Due to a power generation portfolio that included solar, storage, and natural gas, SRP was able to meet record demand multiple days in a row this summer.
To learn more about how public power utilities are delivering clean and reliable power to millions of Americans, watch John’s panel discussion here.