coalmine300x300FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/9/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today delivered the opening remarks on his Subcommittee’s hearing, entitled “American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape.” In his opening remarks, Whitfield expressed the importance of coal in the nation’s domestic energy portfolio.
 
“The proportion of electricity we get from coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, and non-hydro renewables has remained relatively constant over the last several decades,” stated Whitfield in his opening remarks. “Most significantly, we are seeing a sharp drop in coal use and its replacement with natural gas. Part of this is due to market forces, namely the increased supply and relatively low price of domestic natural gas. But part is also the result of policy decisions made in Washington, particularly EPA’s regulatory attack on coal.
 
“I for one strongly oppose EPA’s regulatory onslaught and will continue to fight against these anti-coal rules. But the point of this hearing is that these changes to the generation mix are occurring, and it is important that we think through what must be done to ensure that the lights stay on and that electric bills are affordable in the years ahead.”
 
Whitfield also questioned the reliability of renewable energy sources such as wind and coal.
 
“The federal and state policies that have given a boost to wind and solar power could easily backfire if we don’t address the difficulties of integrating these intermittent sources into the electric grid. Homeowners and businesses need electricity whether or not the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, and the supply at any moment must match the demand. This is nearly impossible to do with intermittent renewables that are not readily available.”
 
Whitfield has been a longstanding advocate for Kentucky coal. Recently, he received the Washington Coal Club’s 2012 Annual Achievement Award, which recognizes Whitfield’s commitment to ensuring that America will continue to enjoy the countless benefits that coal-fired electricity provides.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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 on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 6231

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5644

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5323

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5251

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 5065

Man Charged with Child Abuse After Allegedly…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 01, 2015 5016

Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on Collision…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 14470

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11755

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

April 01, 2015 5016

Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on Collision…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 01, 2015 2783

Nortonville Man Charged with Sex Abuse of Child

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 31, 2015 2501

Man Charged for Driving While under Influence of…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 01, 2015 1963

Couple Charged on Multiple Drug Offenses, Child…

by Sheriff Matt Sanderson
April 01, 2015 1959

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 1,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
March 31, 2015 1516

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 31, 2015 1408

Covenant Community Church Hosts Annual…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 31, 2015 1336

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

by Karen McKnight
March 31, 2015 1314

Madisonville Police Reports Released - March 31,…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 01, 2015 1268

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - April 1, 2015

by Crime Stoppers