Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report falsely accusing electric utilities of harming ratepayers. UCS alleges that harm is caused by utilities deciding on their own when to turn coal-fired electric generating units on and off, rather than leaving that decision to independent system operators (ISOs).[i] UCS has raised this issue of “self-commitment” (aka “self-scheduling”) before, as have the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations that are opposed to the use of coal to generate electricity.[ii] Each time this accusation is made, it has been refuted by grid operators, utility commissions, and utilities.
Well, it’s déjà vu all over again.[iii]