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June 5, 2018

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Perry’s defends Trump’s directive: ‘Attacks are coming’

Hannah Northey and Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:31:26

Energy Secretary Rick Perry today said President Trump was “right” to order the Department of Energy to halt the closure of coal and nuclear plants, while warning that the nation’s pipelines are vulnerable to cyberthreats. “Fuel-secure units are retiring at an alarming rate that, if unchecked, will threaten our ability to recover from intentional attacks or from natural disasters,” Perry told DOE’s cybersecurity conference in Austin, Texas. [ read more … ]

Energy Chief Defends Trump Directive on Coal, Nuclear Plants

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:31:01

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s call to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants, saying a rash of plant retirements is “alarming” and poses a looming crisis for the nation’s power grid. Experts disagree and say Trump is attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How Trump’s ‘Soviet-style’ coal directive would upend power markets

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:32:22

President Trump’s directive to save coal and nuclear plants from retirement could reshape the federal government’s relationship with the U.S. power sector and lead to an unraveling of wholesale power markets, energy researchers and former regulators say. The memo, reportedly reviewed by the National Security Council, is not a final plan, but if the administration follows its outlines, power sector veterans say it could bring an end to competitive electricity markets as they exist today. [ read more … ]

Critics denounce ‘blatantly corrupt’ grid order

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:34:16

Congressional Democrats and environmentalists are adding to a growing and diverse chorus of opposition to a possible federal intervention to prop up coal and nuclear power plants. Democrats on both sides of the Capitol on Friday denounced the proposal under consideration at the White House, which would require grid operators and utilities to purchase electricity from a federal list of struggling coal and nuclear plants in the name of national security. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Bailing Out the Coal Industry Will Hurt Consumers

By Jeff Nesbit. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:33:21

President Trump’s plan to subsidize money-losing coal and nuclear plants makes no economic sense and runs counter to the free market ideology of the party he leads. But it will make the operators of those plants very happy while consumers across the country foot what could be an extraordinarily expensive bill. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Americans Will Pay a High Price to Save Coal

By Editorial Board, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:33:38

An interesting question raised by President Donald Trump’s misguided order to prop up uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants in the name of national security is: How much is this going to cost? Not in climate terms, although here the indirect costs could be greatest in the long run. And not in terms of public health, although air pollution from a single coal plant causes hundreds of asthma attacks and dozens of premature deaths every year. [ read more … ]

Did Trump just propose the opposite of pricing carbon?

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:34:37

President Trump’s plan to prop up struggling coal plants moves in the opposite direction from what energy producers, greens, economists and even oil companies have been asking for: a tax on carbon dioxide. The ramifications could reverberate through the highest-emitting sectors for years to come — if only because of the signal the plan sends. [ read more … ]

W.Va. turns down utility’s request to buy 2 turbine farms

By Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:35:06

West Virginia regulators have rejected a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind projects that would have added 225 megawatts of power to the utility’s portfolio. Appalachian had sought to acquire the Beech Ridge II Wind Facility and the Ohio-sited Hardin Wind Facility LLC in July 2017, proposing a $84.6 million surcharge to be paid over a decade by ratepayers. [ read more … ]

This is how we might pull CO2 out of the atmosphere

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:34:53

Researchers convened in Sweden last month for a first-of-its-kind international conference on “negative emissions.” They were looking for strategies to combat climate change by pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. At the same time, 20 scientists from around the world published a hefty three-part literature review in the journal Environmental Research Letters on the same topic: negative emissions. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Will FERC uphold state support for clean energy?

By Danny Cullenward and Shelly Welton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-05 06:33:56

The energy law community is abuzz with the news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) weighed in on a high-profile case challenging a state-level support program for nuclear generators. In a May 29 amicus brief joined by the U.S. Government, FERC argues that the Seventh Circuit should not resort to the “extraordinary and blunt” remedy of preempting Illinois’ nuclear subsidy program. [ read more … ]


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