A bipartisan bill provides hope that Congress can come together on grid reliability and energy policy
In an era of tense partisanship, we should celebrate those occasions where members of both parties work together to craft legislation aimed at solving problems in a balanced way. On May 15, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved H.R. 271, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013, which aims to protect electric reliability. It passed on the House floor by a voice vote on May 22 and is awaiting consideration by the Senate. The bill amends the Federal Power Act to protect a regulated electricity generator from liability for violating an environmental law or regulation in the, thus far, rare circumstance where the Department of Energy is authorized to order emergency operation for electric grid reliability.