Electricity

2014

August 25, 2014
IECA Asks FERC for Study on Grid Reliability and Costs in Association with the Implementation of the EPA Clean Power Plan

June 10, 2014
IECA Urges FERC to Seek Rehearing En Banc (Order 745)

February 21, 2014
IECA Supports FERC Investigation into Winter Gas-Electric Reliability and Price Spikes

2013

May 16, 2013
IECA Supports H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
“Electric reliability is dependent upon natural gas pipeline capacity reliability.”

May 9, 2013
Paul Cicio Testimony: Hearing on the “Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape” in the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power (view verbal testimony)

April 2013
Industrial Energy Prices and Costs from EIA AEO 2013: A $9.2 Billion Cost Increase

February 14, 2013
IECA Requests Congressional Oversight – FERC Gas/Electric Coordination and Natural Gas Pipeline Sufficiency (view House letter)

January 17, 2013
IECA Supports H.R. 271 – Electric Reliability is Important to Manufacturing

January 10, 2013
IECA Thanks FERC for Issuing New Policy Statement – Promoting Transmission Investment through Pricing Reform

January 9, 2013
FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Responds to IECA’s Gas-Electric Reliability Concerns

January 9, 2013
IECA Sends Letter to OMB – Support for EPA Rule: Emergency Use of Back Up Generators in Demand Response

2012

December 20, 2012
IECA Urges FERC to Close Oversight Gap on Reliability of Electric and Gas Markets

November 27, 2012
MISO Presentation to IECA – Overview of MISO Gas-Electric Infrastructure

August 7, 2012
IECA Urges Wisconsin Legislature to Help Consumers of Electricity from Paying Significant Increases – $33 Billion in New Costs for Electricity Consumers Due to Impact of EPA Regulations

July 31, 2012
IECA Urges House to Support H.R. 4273, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2012

July 31, 2012
IECA Calls for FERC to Stop Demand Response Discrimination against Manufacturers with Highly Variable Loads in Organized Electricity Markets

July 30, 2012
IECA Urges FERC to Take Control to Develop Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Measurement and Verification Standards

June 20, 2012
IECA Warns that EPA Utility Rules Impose $127 Billion on Electric Consumers and Voters – More on Way for 2013

June 18, 2012
IECA Warns EPA Estimates Mercury Rule Health Benefits at Only $500,000 to $6 million, While Costs are $9.6 Billion Annually

June 18, 2012
IECA Supports H.R. 4273 – Electric Reliability is Important to Manufacturing

June 14, 2012
IECA Urges Senate to Support S.J. Res. 37 to Disapprove EPA’s Utility MAT Rule – Forecasted to Result in Unprecedented Costs of $90 Billion

June 5, 2012
IECA Encourages Senate to Support S.J. Res. 37 to Disapprove EPA’s Utility MACT Rule
“The EPA Utility MACT regulation is forecasted to result in unprecedented costs of $90 billion over the next six years that will get passed onto consumers of electricity, impacting competitiveness, manufacturing jobs and electric reliability.”

May 31, 2012
IECA Supports S.J. Res. 37 to Disapprove EPA’s Utility MACT Rule

May 9, 2012
IECA Comments for the Record on S.2146, the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012

May 9, 2012
IECA Urges FERC to Coordinate Between the Natural Gas and Electricity Markets
“IECA is concerned about electric reliability.”

May 8, 2012
IECA Supports H.R. 4273 – Electric Reliability is Important to Manufacturing

February 16, 2012
IECA Supports Utility MACT Resolution of Disapproval
“This is the most expensive power sector EPA regulation in history and all of the costs will get passed onto us, the consumer – yet Congress has failed to act.”
(view press release)

2011

December 9, 2011
IECA Comments to FERC on Electric Reliability due to EPA Electric Utility Regulations
“Manufacturers cannot afford outages.”

September 8, 2011
IECA Files at FERC to Oppose ISO-NE Prohibition of “Behind Meter Generation” as Demand Response

April 6, 2011
IECA Urges House and Senate to Not Increase our Electricity Costs – Stop EPA GHG Regulation under the CAA

February 15, 2011
IECA President Paul Cicio Testimony Before the Senate EPW Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
“Renewable energy has an important role to play in our energy future but not through mandates and subsidies that raise the price of electricity.”

2010

November 4, 2010
IECA Urges Senate to Oppose S.3813, the Renewable Electricity Promotion Act of 2010

August 27, 2010
IECA Letter – Midwest ISO Violated Four Responsiveness Criteria of FERC Order 719

May 13, 2010
IECA and Other Organizations Support FERC NOPR on Demand Response Compensation

May 4, 2010
IECA Supports FERC Demand Response NOPR

March 24, 2010
IECA and 21 Organizations Seek Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on RTO’s and ISO’s – Have Consumers Benefited or Been Harmed?

March 5, 2010
IECA Files at FERC – Supports Metrics on How RTO Markets are Benefiting Consumers

February 25, 2010
IECA Opposes Senate Provisions that would give FERC Authority over Transmission Siting Decisions and Socialize the Costs
“Transmission decisions should be made locally using regional policy processes. Those who benefit from transmission should pay for it.”

2009

October 21, 2009
IECA Files Comments to CFTC that ICE Natural Gas and Electricity Contracts Do Provide Price Discovery

April 28, 2009
IECA Urges Governors and State Public Service Utility Commissioners to Not Revenue Decouple Electricity and Natural Gas for the Manufacturing Sector
“Revenue decoupling is a disincentive for manufacturing to invest in energy efficiency.”

April 24, 2009
IECA and Other Consumer Groups Urge Congress Not to Mandate Electricity and Natural Gas Revenue Decoupling
“Electric and natural gas utilities are promoting revenue decoupling as a way of cushioning their profits.”

February 18, 2009
H.R. 1 Decoupling Provision in Stimulus Package Could have Removed Market Incentive to Conserve Energy – While Protecting Utilities Profits

February 17, 2009
IECA Urges Senator Bingaman and Murkowski to Let Manufacturers Testify on High Costs of Renewable Electricity Standard
“Energy Efficiency Should be allowed to compete head to head with renewable energy.”

February 11, 2009
IECA Letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid-Decoupling Provision in Stimulus Package is a Manufacturing Jobs Killer
“Electricity and natural gas decoupling removes the financial incentive for manufacturing to invest in energy efficiency”

February 2, 2009
IECA Senate Stimulus Package Would Decouple Utility Revenues from Volume
“We urge you to not pass legislation that increases electricity and natural gas costs.”

January 29, 2009
IECA Urges Senate to Exempt Manufacturing from Electricity and Natural Gas Decoupling in Stimulus Package
“Decoupling means that if we reduce our electricity or natural gas consumption , we will not see a reduction in our costs.”

2008

July 28, 2008
IECA Urges Chairman Boucher to Change H.R. 6258 to More Efficient and Cost-Effective Industrial Sources of Technological CCS Innovation
“Some industrial companies will pay more than $3,000,000 more each year because of the electricity wires charge.”

June 19, 2008
IECA President, Paul N. Cicio Testifies Before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality on Climate Legislation
“The legislation will result in significant increases in the demand for natural gas by the power sector.”

2007

December 17, 2007
IECA Joins 40 Consumer Organizations on FERC RTO Filing – Raises Concerns

August 5, 2007
IECA Presentation “Natural Gas/Electricity and the Industrial Sector” to the National Conference of State Legislatures

August 1, 2007
IECA Opposes House Energy Bills H.R. 3221 and H.R. 2776
“Consumers are alarmed and worried about the impact of this bill and the misdirection of our energy policy.”

June 7, 2007
IECA Presentation to the National Coal Council – “U.S. Manufacturing’s Future is Strongly Linked With That of the Coal Industry”
“The problem is that electric power generators are consuming large amounts of natural gas – driving up the price of natural gas and electricity for every household, farmer and manufacturer. Power plants should be using more coal.”

May 18, 2007
FERC Forecasts Double Digit Electricity Price Increases This Summer Over Last Due to High Natural Gas Prices
“This report provides a clear signal to Congress to take urgent action to increase supply of natural gas and help electric generators use more coal, nuclear and renewable energy.”

2006

February 27, 2006
PURPA- FERC Must Make a Facility-Specific Determination
FERC has a statutory obligation imposed by Congress that, before waiving QF purchase obligations, it make a “facility-specific” determination that non-discriminatory access to long-term markets do exist.

2003

October 29, 2003
IECA Writes Senate Majority Leader Frist Expressing Concern That the Electricity Title of the “Energy Policy Act of 2003” Will Damage CHP
In a letter to Senate Majority Frist and Senator Alexander, IECA raises concerns that CHP will be damaged by the Participant Funding Provisions of the Electricity title of HR 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2003.

October 29, 2003
IECA Raises Deep Concerns to Congress Regarding the Electricity Title of the HR 6 “Energy Policy Act of 2003”
IECA letter says “its important HR 6 not treat industrial CHP the same as electric utility generation with regard to Participant Funding provisions, delay the FERC Standard Market Design or repeal PUHCA.”

August 12, 2003
DOE Responds to IECA Policy Recommendations to Deal the Natural Gas Crisis
Vicky Bailey, Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and International Affairs responded to IECA’s letter of July 15, 2003 thanking IECA for a comprehensive set of policy options addressing natural gas supply and price issues. Bailey concurs with IECA’s position “that energy efficiency and conservation should not be seen as the only solution in the short term.”

July 29, 2003
IECA Letter to Senator Domenici Opposes Amendment to “Clarify State Commissions Authority to Impose Charges for the Retail Sale and Distribution of Electricity to End Use Customers”
The letter says the amendment would increase the cost, if not prevent manufacturers from seeking alternative electricity suppliers by imposing a delivery or non-transmission charge on power purchased at transmission voltage levels.

July 28, 2003
DOE Responds to IECA Letter – Convenes Federal Agencies to Discuss IECA Recommendation
Vickie Bailey, Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and International Affairs responded to IECA‘s letter of June 23, 2003 stating support to develop alternatives for use of gas in power generation and improved energy efficiency. Ms.Bailey also said representatives from the White House and several Federal departments and agencies met to discuss IECA’s recommendation dealing with options to encourage temporary fuel switching from natural gas.

July 11, 2003
IECA Calculations Say Each New Electric Utility 500 MW Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant Consumes the Equivalent Gas Used by 842,308 Homes

June 25, 2003
Association of American Railroads -“Federal Policy Should Discourage Use of Natural Gas for Baseload Electrical Generation”

June 23, 2003
IECA Calls on President to “Declare War on High Natural Gas Prices”
In a letter to Secretary of Energy Abraham thanking him for his leadership, IECA outlined thirteen short-term recommendations to deal with the natural gas crisis that is dismantling the nation’s manufacturing base.
(view recommendations)
(view press release)

June 5, 2003
IECA and Twenty-Four Organizations Send Letter to the Senate in Opposition to an Amendment by Senator Shelby That Would Significantly Damage Competitive Electric Markets

April 28, 2003
IECA and Twenty Companies Send Letter to Senate Opposing Language to Repeal PURPA

April 3, 2003
Letter to Senator Domenici Commenting on the Chairman’s Draft Energy Bill – See Electricity Provisions

February 21, 2003
IECA and Eight Trade Associations Send Letter to Senate and House Leadership in Support of FERC Standard Market Design

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