The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), which is backed by a number of energy industry companies, released a report that says rejection of new pipeline infrastructure imperils U.S. power generating capacity, "...dangerously raising electric rates nationwide..."
The report says 31% of power generating capacity could be "removed" by 2030 "should the rejection of pipeline infrastructure projects continue at its current pace and if baseload generation options go offline unnecessarily.
"This would threaten the delivery of vital oil and natural gas feedstock to power generation facilities and sacrifice the reliability of the electric grid."
The losses from this rejected infrastructure would equal the power generation of a dozen states (or 1,450.25 gigawatts), CEA said.
According to the report:
- The Northern Plains region stands to experience a 46% electricity shortfall.
- The Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions would suffer a 44.8% electricity shortfall, missing out on 20 proposed pipeline projects.
- The Southeast region would see a 29.2% electricity shortfall, even if wind and solar generation expand by 37% by 2030, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects.
- The Southern Plains region, including Texas, would see electricity shortfalls of 23% and 13%, respectively, even with huge, projected increases in wind and solar energy development as estimated by EIA.
- The New England region already experiences shortfalls on high-demand days and is projected to lose an additional 30% of its electric generation capacity by 2020. New England would experience an additional 9.5% shortfall on top its current energy deficits, according to CEA. This shortfall, per the report, would occur even if local renewable power capacity increased by 300%, as projected by the EIA.
"Denying America the critical energy infrastructure it sorely needs, and prematurely shutting off baseload electricity generation starts an adverse domino effect that hurts America, its families, its small businesses and its agriculture, manufacturing and transportation sectors," said CEA President David Holt. "It would derail the American energy revolution and increase our reliance on imports from foreign nations. Real energy security is not just the presence of abundant natural resources -- it is also the ability to readily access and deliver those resources at an affordable price."