Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden leads hearing on strengthening electricity delivery across America

July 18, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden leads hearing on strengthening electricity delivery across America

Cites diverse power mix in Oregon as need to maintain security, reliability, and affordability of electricity

Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s remarks at today’s hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Continuing his efforts to modernize and improve America’s energy infrastructure, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today led a hearing on strengthening electricity delivery across the country. During the hearing, Walden highlighted Oregon’s diverse power mix and stressed the need to maintain the security, reliability, and affordability of electricity delivery.

“In my district in Oregon, we receive electricity from just about every source, including coal, natural gas, hydro, solar, and wind. We also receive electricity from cooperatives, public utility districts and municipalities, and investor-owned utilities,” said Walden. “We have just about everything in Oregon. And in all of these situations, we expect to have power when we flip the switch.”

Today’s hearing is the first of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s recently announced “Powering America” series. The Powering America series provides members of the Energy and Commerce Committee the opportunity to explore electricity markets, learn more about electricity generation, distribution, and consumption, and the resiliency of the electric grid.  

The nation’s electricity industry is undergoing a period of transformation due to technological innovation and market competition. At today’s hearing, Walden heard from a variety of industry stakeholders regarding current issues and developments across the electricity sector including efforts to maintain grid reliability, transmission planning, and efforts to ensure electricity markets promote efficient outcomes.

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden has called for a consumer-focused approach to improve and modernize energy infrastructure in Oregon and throughout the country. “As I’ve said previously, at the end of the day, our goal is to serve the best interests of consumers,” said Walden.

For complete background on today’s hearing, please click here. 

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