Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Applauds Committee Action on Grid Reliability

July 22, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today applauded the Energy and Commerce Committee for taking an important first step on a comprehensive energy package known as the Architecture of Abundance. Included in this package is language from his bill, H.R. 1558, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act. Olson has long stressed the need to protect our nation's electric grid reliability. The grid reliability portion of the bill fixes an unfortunate glitch in federal law that puts power generators in the unenviable position of choosing which federal law they will violate.

“Right now, in a power emergency, power producers can be forced to choose whether to violate a DOE emergency order to provide power or environmental laws that expose them to punitive fines,” Rep. Olson said. “This common sense solution addresses a critical fault in federal law so we can protect the environment and provide a reliable energy supply to all Americans. This bill passed with unanimous House support in the last two Congresses. With bipartisan and bicameral support for this bill it’s good to find common ground when working to keep the lights on. This has been a great joint effort with my colleagues Gene Green and Mike Doyle and I hope the third time is the charm!”

In recent years, conflicting laws have resulted in lawsuits and heavy fines for electricity providers attempting to comply with these statutes. Click here for a link to the text of H.R. 1558, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act.



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