Even though we can’t touch electricity, it touches all of us, every day—powering our homes, our businesses and industries, and our economy.

Keeping electricity reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean is critical to securing a bright future for each of us and our nation as a whole. Many issues shape our energy future.

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Electric Reliability

Having a reliable supply of electricity is more than just a convenience. It's a necessity. Our economy—and our way of life—depend on it. For electric companies, maintaining a high level of reliability requires constant commitment.The North American electric system is comprised of a complex interconnected network of generation, transmission, and distribution systems. The structure of the grid helps to make reliability possible, but what makes it a reality is the coordination in operations of the electric companies that make up this network.

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Modernize PURPA

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) is a Carter-era rule that was enacted to promote increased energy conservation, efficiency, and the growth of renewable energy. But that was over 40 years ago, and a lot has changed.

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Clean Energy/Efficiency

A hundred years ago, electricity was a luxury. Today, we cannot live without it. But even though we take electricity for granted, we need to remember to use it wisely. Using electricity wisely is good for the environment, saves money in your home and business, and keeps our nation's electricity supply more reliable.

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Electric Vehicles

Electricity is a domestically produced transportation fuel that will transform our nation’s transportation sector. Today, the technology and infrastructure exist to promote transportation applications that move both people and goods using electricity as a fuel. This new generation of electric transportation will help the nation enter an era of clean transportation and reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Diversifying the transportation sector’s fuel mix also will enhance U.S. energy and economic security.

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Grid Security

Protecting the nation’s energy grid and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for America's electric companies. The electric power industry is forging ahead with a series of initiatives to safeguard the energy grid from threats and is partnering with federal agencies to improve sector-wide resilience to cyber and physical threats. The industry also collaborates with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to strengthen its capabilities.

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Since 1981, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their energy bills. Today, LIHEAP is a widely supported, essential program that delivers critical short-term aid to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors on fixed incomes and the desperately poor.

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