Senator Braun Joins Indiana Republicans Calling on Biden Administration to Secure Energy Supply, Prevent Summer Blackouts

Senator Mike Braun

Senator Mike Braun yesterday joined U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Greg Pence (IN-06) and the entire Indiana Republican Congressional Delegation in calling on the Biden Administration to secure the national energy supply and prevent potential summer blackouts that could devastate Hoosier families, workers, and industry. They were joined by U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) as well as U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), Victoria Spartz (IN-05), Jim Baird (IN-04), and Jim Banks (IN-03).

In their letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick, the members strongly urged the Biden Administration to reverse course on its anti-energy agenda to combat rising fuel prices and restore energy stability. Given reports of likely blackouts this summer, the members outlined significant concerns about the potential ramifications for Indiana’s vital manufacturing workforce.

“The escalating energy crisis has spurred significant ramifications for hardworking Hoosier families, workers, and industry. As we head into the heat of summer, rising prices for electricity and critical fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and coal, are further burdening homes and small businesses across Indiana,” the members wrote. “At the same time, recent reports from entities charged with overseeing the U.S. electric grid have raised serious concern for potential supply shortages and power outages this summer due to insufficient resource capacity. As one of the largest manufacturing centers in the nation, Indiana relies on a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid to produce American-made goods and sustain a robust workforce.”

As a solution, the members pressed the U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to forgo unsustainable environmentalism goals and bolster Indiana’s energy security by restoring a robust “all-of-the-above” approach to harness the full potential of American-made energy sources. Reliable and resilient energy sources, they write, will lower costs, restore stability, and make our nation safer and stronger. 

“Given the urgency of this crisis, we request an update on the Biden Administration’s plans to prevent summer power outages and blackouts, and to restore our nation’s grid to a reliable and secure future. A dependable power grid is vital not only for Americans’ economic prosperity, but also our nation’s leadership and competitiveness in the 21st century,” they continued.

Recently, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Inc. have issued reports indicating the Midwest could be at high risk of reliability issues this summer due to factors spurred by the Biden Administration’s policies that have forced a transition away from traditional energy sources.