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Grassley rakes Perry over wind study

Grassley rakes Perry over wind study Grassley rakes Perry over wind study
Ben Pena | 19 May, 2017, 20:47

But Perry has also been a strong advocate of the fossil fuel industry. Under such circumstances, it can be easy to forget that renewable energy is not a partisan issue.

In the United States, the election of Trump has added huge uncertainty about the future for renewables, in Germany recent auctions found offshore wind could be built without any subsidies, while in Chile, the first carbon price in South America came into force from January 1, adding $US5/MWh to each tonne of fossil fuel emissions.

Senator Grassley's letter expresses several concerns.

"I'm concerned that a hastily developed study, which appears to pre-determine that variable, renewable sources such as wind have undermined grid reliability, will not be viewed as credible, relevant or worthy of valuable taxpayer resources", Grassley wrote in the letter, dated yesterday.

"After a year of record investment in renewables, with coal on the decline, the country is gearing up to maintain its renewables target but also ensure grid stability through increased storage", the EY report notes, adding in further detail how the "billionaire tweets" and the plunging cost of battery storage has generated huge interest in the technology.

But he did not stop there. Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the department to provide answers about the methodology and cost of the grid review, which DOE said is meant to look at how renewable energy sources like wind make the grid less reliable.

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Four business groups in the US, including wind and solar organisations AWEA and SEIA, are anxious that the energy market study initiated by the US Energy Secretary could be based on "a faulty premise" that renewables have a negative impact on grid reliability.

Grassley has been a leading proponent in Congress for the continuation of a wind energy production tax credit.

And while Donald Trump's statements on energy policy have been mostly pro-fossil fuel mythology, during the presidential election Grassley said that Trump would eliminate the PTC "over my dead body".

"So we need complimentary with other sources of renewable energy like hydro and that is the reason why we are at the same time also developing a hydro corridor for the region".

Grassley said Iowa gets 36 percent of its electricity from wind and that its largest utility, MidAmerican Energy Co, is on track to generate 90 percent of its electricity from wind in a few years.

Perry served as governor of Texas, a leading oil-producing state, from 2000 when he succeeded President George W. Bush until 2015.

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