Coal pirates plan to Perry

Source: By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico • Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018

The coal industry-led council housed under the Energy Department wants the U.S. to hit “reset” on the sector, according to a draft report from the National Coal Council posted this week on its website. The federal advisory committee includes a host of coal industry leaders who provide guidance to the Energy secretary. This latest report, co-chaired by representatives from Peabody, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and BNSF Railway, argues that DOE should “assess, support, reform and renew the role of the existing coal fleet in the U.S. power sector.”

Back in April, Perry requested a white paper from the NCC to assess “opportunities to optimize the existing U.S. coal-fueled power plant fleet to ensure a reliable and resilient electricity system.” This week’s report admits that “many challenges” face the existing coal fleet, but argues that “a wide range of policy mechanisms, market changes and technology solutions exist or could be developed that could enable this fleet to continue to play an important role in the U.S. electricity system well into the future.”

Among the report’s recommendations are reforms of New Source Review, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, coal combustion residuals rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Effluent Limitation Guidelines regulations; tax credit support; and streamlined permitting for CCUS initiatives.