ed whitfield 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/19/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today delivered opening remarks during a Subcommittee hearing on “American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of Regulators and Grid Operators in Meeting Natural Gas and Electric Coordination Challenges.”
 
In his opening remarks, Whitfield stressed the importance of utilizing natural gas as an additional component of an “all-of-the-above” domestic energy portfolio that continues to focus on coal.
 
“I intend to work with others to ensure that natural gas serves as a complement to coal and not as a replacement to it,” stated Whitfield. “Coal has a number of advantages that have not been fully appreciated by this administration. Coal remains one of the lowest cost options for electricity generation and is the fastest growing energy source worldwide, yet we have allowed EPA to engage in regulations on coal-fired power plants without thinking through all of the consequences. I hope that maintaining a future role for coal, including new, advanced coal-fired power plants, is also a part of today’s discussion.”
 
The hearing examined the role of federal and state regulators and electric grid operators in meeting the challenges resulting from the increased use of natural gas to generate electricity and the convergence of the natural gas and electric industries.
 
The following issues were examined at the hearing:
• Challenges arising from increased interdependence of the natural gas and electricity sectors;
• Potential impacts on reliability and electricity prices resulting from the operational differences between the natural gas and electricity sectors;
• The role of Federal and State regulators in ensuring greater coordination between the natural gas and electric industries to ensure reliable and affordable energy; and
• The role of electric grid operators in meeting reliability challenges arising from natural gas-electric convergence.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
1 DOW 17,164.95
-251.90 (-1.45%)    
2 S&P 1,994.99
-26.26 (-1.30%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,635.24
-48.17 (-1.03%)    

In Other News...

Mary Roberts Steps into Role as Lactation Consultant at MCCH

MURRAY, Ky. (1/31/15) — After numerous years working with newborns and their parents, Mary Roberts, RN, has moved to… Read More

Merle Travis Fans Pay Tribute to Thumbpicking Legend

POWDERLY, Ky. (1/31/15) — Merle Travis had to be smiling down from thumbpicking heaven Saturday when numerous musicians… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 18068

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 9097

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 25, 2015 8604

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 28, 2015 7223

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 6713

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 6362

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 28, 2015 6271

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 6229

Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 23515

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 23101

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 31, 2015 5894

24-Year-Old Killed in One-Vehicle Collision

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
January 30, 2015 5850

More Than 800 Gather to Encircle HCCHS

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 5228

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Police…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 30, 2015 2457

No One Left Behind: The Story of 'Sarge'

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Aug
January 30, 2015 2431

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 30, 2015 2404

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports - Jan.…

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 29, 2015 2366

Lt. Gov. Luallen, Housing, Veterans Officials…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 30, 2015 2288

Central City Crave Movement Makes Impact in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 2156

WKWIB, GRADD, Owensboro's RAE Get Workforce Grants

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock
January 30, 2015 2003

Whitfield Works for Protection of U.S. Waters…

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
January 30, 2015 1968

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR Honors Former…

in General News For All Sites by Geoff Baggett
January 30, 2015 1727

Madisonville Fire Reports – Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News