Washington, D.C. – Following the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) release of the results of its 2022-2023 annual Planning Resource Auction (PRA) indicating electric capacity shortfalls in both the north and central regions of MISO, America’s Power issued the following statement by Michelle Bloodworth, President and CEO:
“MISO’s recent capacity auction shows that it might be necessary for one of the nation’s largest electric grid operators to ‘shed load,’ a technical term for customers losing power, when electricity demand is high,” said Michelle Bloodworth, president and CEO of America’s Power. “This possible shortage of electricity is due, in part, to the retirement of coal-fired power plants in the 15-state region. This year, the MISO region will have more coal retirements than any other part of the country. Over the next five years, at least a third of the region’s coal plants will retire, unless steps are taken to prevent these retirements. Adding more wind and solar power, which depend on the weather, is no substitute for reliable electricity from coal.”
America’s Power is a partnership of industries involved in producing electricity from coal.