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August 24, 2017

Attorney General Tom Miller Statement on Newly-Released Department of Energy Grid Study

Miller: DOE study shows pursuing clean energy does not negatively impact nation’s grid reliability


DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller released the following statement regarding the newly-released U.S. Department of Energy grid study, called the “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability:”

“This study confirms that coal power plants shut down when they cannot compete in the market, not because of our country’s investment in clean renewable energy. Requiring consumers to foot the bill to prop up coal power plants that can’t compete with cheaper, cleaner sources of energy, is not the right way forward. The country should continue its clean energy progress, which is delivering good-paying jobs, lower energy costs, cleaner air and a safer climate, with no negative impact on grid reliability, as the study confirms. Thanks to forward-looking leaders and utilities, Iowa receives approximately 36.6% of its energy production from wind power—the highest percentage of any state. We will review the study’s conclusions carefully and take all appropriate steps to protect Iowa’s clean energy economy.”

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