01 Jun '18, 2pm

Trump Administration Proposal Would Order Grid Operators to Buy Coal and Nuclear Power

The Trump administration is planning to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants, which face shutdowns due to competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy, according to a draft memo obtained by Bloomberg News . The memo argues that the directive, which would be carried out by the U.S. Department of Energy using emergency authority, is justified for national security reasons. “Too many of these fuel-secure plants have retired prematurely and many more have recently announced retirement,” only to be replaced by less-secure, less-resilient natural gas and renewable power sources, said the memo, circulated ahead of a National Security Council meeting today. Coal-fired and nuclear plants, on the other hand, have fuel on site, which it argues means they are capable of quickly coming back online after extreme weather and emergen...

Full article: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/trump-administration-proposa...

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