Low-carbon Shift Raises Risk of Blackouts, Grid Execs Warn

Carbon-free goals are leading to the removal of and reduction of backup generation resources that have served us reliably for decades. Currently, nearly half of the U.S. electricity is generated by natural gas and coal. However, there is a push to retire these materials and transition to cleaner fuels. Thoughtfully planning the construction of new infrastructure, the pace of transition, and maintaining a reliable energy mix is critical to a successful energy transition.

If we transition too quickly or carelessly, our energy systems will likely fail during vulnerable periods and extreme weather events.


Conventional generation is retiring at an unprecedented rate. We must identify new resources to replace retiring generation that provides both sufficient energy and essential reliability services.

Jim Robb


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