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CONGRESSMAN LAMB TAKES MULTI-AGENCY APPROACH TO PROTECT REGIONAL ENERGY GENERATION PORTFOLIO

May 9, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Conor Lamb (PA-18) emphasized the importance of keeping Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants online to the Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, and in a letter sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), earlier today. Congressman Lamb proposed working with Secretary Perry on a solution to address the pending closure of nuclear plants in the Commonwealth and highlighted the importance of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, which is in danger of prematurely closing. 

In a hearing at the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the Congressman emphasized the quality work of the hundreds of hardworking men and women at this plant that power homes and businesses throughout the region with reliable, affordable, and carbon-free electricity. The Congressman said he was interested in finding a workable, long-term solution with the Secretary and other affected stakeholders.

“Nuclear plants are part of the backbone of our electric grid.  They are reliable, they are clean.  Every day, thousands of hardworking people make sure the power is there when we need it,” said Congressman Lamb.

The Congressman also sent a letter to FERC, an independent federal agency responsible for overseeing energy markets and transmission of energy resources, urging the Commission to respect states’ rights in proposed market reforms. FERC is currently considering proposed changes to energy markets from the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) that covers Pennsylvania. These proposals could pose even greater issues for nuclear plants and prohibit the state from taking proactive action to address this issue.