Trump Orders 'Immediate Steps' to Boost Coal Plants

Trump Orders 'Immediate Steps' to Boost Coal Plants

"Energy Secretary Perry is being forced to issue another unnecessary and unprecedented emergency order to favor coal and nuclear over more economic electricity suppliers, including renewables".

While natural gas pipeline infrastructure is characterized as "indispensable", the draft memo still takes aim at gas-fired generation as "a major point of vulnerability in our critical energy infrastructure" as opposed to the fuel-secure capacity of coal, nuclear, hydro and dual-fuel units.

The administration has said it is concerned the retirement of old coal and nuclear plants could put US power supplies at risk because - unlike solar, wind, and natural gas power facilities - coal and nuclear generators can store fuel on site.

"Unfortunately, impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation's energy mix, and impacting the resilience of our power grid", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement about the measure.

According to a report from Bloomberg, at a meeting today of the White House National Security Council, a 41-page draft memo was circulated that outlines the need for the USA grid to be "resilient and secure".

Murray also puzzled that he couldn't figure out why this had not yet been done, writing: "In Youngstown, Ohio, nine days ago, after my personally speaking with President Trump, he turned to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and said three (3) times, 'I want this done'".

The Energy Department would also establish a "Strategic Electric Generation Reserve". "The security of our homeland is inextricably tied to the security of our energy supply".

The document has been marked as a "draft", the report states.

Energy Department representatives did not respond to an emailed request for comment. Coal and nuclear plants, on the other hand, keep fuel stored on site, eliminating a potential weak point that could be targeted by malicious hackers. FERC instead launched a fresh review (AD18-7) of grid resilience to determine if commission action was warranted in this area.

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FPA Section 202 (c) grants the secretary of energy authority to decide an emergency exists related to a sudden increase in electricity demand, a shortage of power, or other reasons, and to issue orders to address that emergency.

There are now only two nuclear reactors under construction in the USA, in addition to the 99 in service.

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"This finality is why it is critically important to preserve the fuel security offered by nuclear plants under threat of premature closure", Korsnick said. There have been meetings this week at the cabinet deputies' level and at the National Security Council. Coal-fired and nuclear power plants continue to do a lot of the heavy lifting when the bulk power system is put to the test. Even natural gas supplies can be disrupted by supply-line breakdowns, they suggest.

Some analysts have asserted that there is an environmental case for keeping the nation's ailing nuclear plants open, since, if they closed, their carbon-free electricity would most likely be replaced by natural gas and emissions would rise.

Both the USA coal and nuclear power industries have been shrinking for years, under pressure from cheaper natural gas along with advances in solar and wind energy.

He said using that section of the Federal Power Act "tees off the concept of continuance of a war in which the United States is involved as being kind of the baseline circumstance that would justify a DOE order to certain types of facilities to either begin operating or continue operation".

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