The Affordable, Reliable and Clean Energy Security Act

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Summary

Energy Security is paramount to economic growth.  Energy Security that is Affordable, Reliable, and Clean leads to prosperity for our families and communities.  Therefore, the following Energy Security-ARC is proposed as a common sense energy agenda for the future.

The Affordable, Reliable and Clean Energy Security Act

Section 1.  Energy Security

Domestic Production: The fuel source must be primarily produced domestically within the United States.

Infrastructure Security: The infrastructure necessary to deliver energy to the customer should minimize reliance on foreign nations for critical materials or manufacturing.

Section 2.  Affordability

“Affordable Energy Source” shall be defined as an energy resource that:

(a) Has a stable and predictable cost.

(b) Provides a cost-effective means of heating, cooling, and generating electricity.

(c) Delivers substantial savings to homes and businesses compared to other resources based on the average cost per unit of energy output for the past five years.

(d) Is readily available 24/7.

Section 3.  Reliability

“Reliable Energy Source” shall be defined as an energy resource that meets the following criteria:

(a) Fuel Availability and Reliability: The resource must be readily available to meet energy demands 24/7 with minimal interruptions during high usage periods.

(b) Power Generation Reliability: When used for power generation, the resource must demonstrate:

(i) Capacity Factor: A minimum capacity factor of fifty per cent.

(ii) Grid Stability:

i. Electricity output is dispatchable 24/7.

ii. The capability to ramp up or down electricity generation within one hour stabilizing the electrical grid.

(iii) Renewable Integration:  The ability to complement and provide backup to renewable energy sources during periods of low availability.

Section 4. Clean

“Green energy” will be redefined as meaning any energy generated by using an energy resource that does one or more of the following:

(a) Releases reduced air pollutants, thereby reducing cumulative air emissions.

(b) Includes energy generated by nuclear reactors.

(c) Includes energy generated by using natural gas as a resource.

The updated definition of “green energy” will apply to all programs in the state that fund any “green energy” or “clean energy” initiatives.