USEA Virtual Press Briefing: A New Era of Energy Crisis Is Unfolding

What appears to be a perfect storm is forming over the nation’s electricity supply.
This winter may be the first test, and what happens next summer and going forward has many in the industry voicing considerable alarm, including talk of a new energy crisis of indefinite duration.
Texas and California are expected to struggle this winter, as they did in the summer. NERC has named those two states as vulnerable.
These are the gathering elements of the storm:
• Organic growth in areas with burgeoning populations like Texas and the Intermountain West.
• Increasing electrification of transportation and industrial processes like steelmaking.
• An anticipated surge in server farms as AI attracts more and more users. This demand has been put at 100 percent in a decade, and some estimates are higher.
• Pressure post-COP28 to accelerate the closure of coal plants, which are still generating 19 percent of U.S. electricity.
• Greater difficulty from local regulators to site new natural gas turbines.
• Long lead times for new transmission, if that is even possible.
• New heat norms across the country, requiring more air conditioning and testing the grids — East, West and Texas — as never before.
• A greater reliance on intermittent renewable generation, and inadequate storage to harvest that power when not in actual demand.
The joker, of course, is the weather, the cold of winter and heat of summer.
USEA will hold a virtual press briefing on this new era of energy crisis on Monday, December 11, at noon Eastern Time.
A panel of reporters who cover energy will question a panel of experts on this critical subject. Journalist Llewellyn King is the briefing organizer and host. USEA President and CEO Mark Menezes will welcome the audience and share his expertise.
The briefing is open to the press and the public. Following the briefing, a recording and a transcript will be available on both the USEA and the Energy Central websites.

Jim Matheson, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Pablo Vegas, President & CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Elliot Mainzer, President & CEO, California ISO
Clinton Vince, Chair, U.S. Energy Practice, Dentons
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Rudy Garza, President & CEO, CPS Energy
Ken Silverstein, Forbes
Matthew Daly, Associated Press
Jennifer Hiller, The Wall Street Journal
Matt Chester, Energy Central


Hon. Mark W. Menezes

President & Chief Executive Officer
United States Energy Association

Llewellyn King

Creator, Executive Producer & Host
White House Chronicle

Jim Matheson

Chief Executive Officer
National Rural Electric Cooperative

Pablo Vegas

President & CEO
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Clinton Vince

Dentons' U.S. Energy Practice

Rudy Garza

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
CPS Energy

Duane Highley

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

Jennifer Hiller

The Wall Street Journal

Ken Silverstein

Senior Contributor

Matt Chester

Energy Central

Matthew Daly

Climate Change Reporter
The Associated Press

Elliot Mainzer

President & CEO
California Independent System Operator