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CRAMER: Statement on DOE Release of Electric Grid Reliability Report

Aug 23, 2017
Press Release

Recording: Audio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy released a report assessing the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.  U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested the study on April 14, 2017.

“Energy markets have been undergoing tremendous change. While most of it has been great news for consumers, energy security, and economic growth, some shifts could be harming the reliability of our electricity markets.  More electricity coming from natural gas, which must be continuously flowing, as well as more variable sources such as wind and solar, which are dependent on weather, increase the risk of not having power available when we want it.  We must ensure we are heading in the right direction – towards a more reliable and resilient electric grid – while simultaneously working towards more affordable and cleaner electricity markets. To this end, I will study this report as I work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure our electric grid remains stable.”

Congressman Cramer serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is assigned to three subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy, and Environment.  Immediately prior to serving in Congress he served on the North Dakota Public Service Commission where he worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest electric utility rates in the nation, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace.