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October 17, 2018

Top Story

‘Poorly articulated’ grid plan stalls — official

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:38:18

A Trump administration official today said a “poorly articulated” policy proposal the Energy Department floated to boost struggling coal and nuclear plants is faltering at the White House after failing to attract support. “Efforts to ensure resilience of the grid continue while DOE’s poorly articulated policy flounders in the National Economic Council,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the person was not cleared to speak for the White House in an official capacity, when asked about a DOE draft proposal underpinning the White House review. [ read more … ]

Coal on the Campaign trail

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:39:51

President Donald Trump has just 21 days left to hit the campaign trail to shore up support for a slate of politically vulnerable Republicans. This week alone he’s expected to travel to Montana, Arizona and Nevada for political rallies. But it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll have a major plan in place to prop up ailing coal-fired power plants to tout, since the White House appears to have shelved an effort that’s been underway for more than a year. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Report: DOE coal, nuclear bailout on hold at White House

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:38:59

A Department of Energy plan to bail out closing coal and nuclear plants is stuck at the White House, Politico reports, after backers failed to convince key administration officials to approve it. The DOE sought to use its emergency authority or a 1950s wartime law to save the plants after President Donald Trump directed the agency to stop retirements this spring. The plan is now on hold due to skepticism from members of the National Economic Council and National Security Council, unnamed sources told the outlet. [ read more … ]

Standards too weak — evidence in draft EPA report

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:40:09

EPA issued a new draft report acknowledging evidence that its current standards for airborne fine particulates are not tight enough to adequately protect public health. A “causal relationship” exists between short-term exposure to fine particulates and the risk of premature death, according to the draft report, formally known as an integrated science assessment. [ read more … ]

DOJ seeks to limit scientists’ testimony at climate trial

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:40:22

The Trump administration doesn’t want the trial in a landmark lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans to become a climate change symposium. In court documents yesterday, the government pressed the judge in the case to limit the testimony of James Hansen and five other prominent climate researchers whom plaintiffs have called as expert witnesses. [ read more … ]

Largest Grid Operator Opposes Federal Bailout For Coal Plants

By Rebecca Kern, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2018-10-17 04:37:51

The CEO of the nation’s biggest grid operator doesn’t back a government plan to prop up money-losing coal plants—at least not while PJM Interconnection LLC assesses the reliability impacts of FirstEnergy Corp.’s planned plant closures. [ read more … ]

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