US Energy Regulator Rejects Plan To Aid Coal, Nuclear

US Energy Regulator Rejects Plan To Aid Coal, Nuclear

US Energy Regulator Rejects Plan To Aid Coal, Nuclear

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE " s former campaign manager slammed a five-member federal board - four of whom Trump nominated - as part of the "deep state" for rejecting Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPerry pictured with falcon, sword during trek to Saudi Arabia Trump promised "best people' would run government - they upended it USA oil and gas boom will actually help spur energy revolution MORE's plan to boost coal and nuclear power.

"At Entergy, we appreciate the focus FERC has place on reviewing and defining grid resilience, and we think the requirement that regional transmission operators and independent system operators submit additional information is appropriate", Entergy said in a statement issued by Kerri Jackson Case, a senior communications specialist.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a petition by Energy Sec. "Advanced energy technologies, in fact, play an increasingly important role in an affordable, flexible and resilient electric power system".

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The plan would have forced grid operators to guarantee "full recovery of costs" plus "a fair rate of return" to power plants that can keep 90 days of fuel on-site. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power have far less storage capacity. "Additionally, power users in SC were asked to voluntarily cut back on their electricity usage because of critical margins in the electric power grid". Instead of plunging the eastern seaboard into cold darkness, the storm caused relatively few outages, including one that shut down a nuclear power plant in MA. "It was about protecting the bank accounts of plant owners at the expense of everyday Americans".

By comparison, Neil Chatterjee, a Republican and former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote in his separate comments that "I applaud Secretary Perry's bold leadership in jump-starting a national conversation on this urgent challenge", and expressed concern about the "many nuclear and coal units particularly at risk of economic retirement despite their significant contribution to bulk power system resilience". They said it was a politically motivated idea meant to benefit well-connected companies and industries.

Advocates for cleaner American energy policies cheered FERC's decision.

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Trump committed to the measure in private conversations last summer with top coal executives. Yet opponents of Perry's plan said that the current bout of extreme cold undercut Perry's argument as regional grids had excess power on hand and many power plants switched from natural gas to oil largely because of cheaper prices. CEO Robert Murray warned Trump that failing to act would cause thousands of coal miners to be laid off and threatened the viability of his largest customer, Ohio-based electricity company FirstEnergy Solutions.

Today's decision by FERC was the right one, but FERC needs to do a lot more to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and safeguard our climate before they earn our applause.

"They voted 5-0 to address resiliency".

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