Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Trump throws ailing U.S. coal, nuke plants a lifeline, triggers backlash

Report: Department of Energy recommends bail out of failing coal plants Trump orders Perry to take 'immediate steps' to stop coal plant closures | TheHill
Guillermo Lane | 04 June, 2018, 00:28

The Trump administration's claims of energy security for keeping coal and nuclear plants online is not supported by the facts, as multiple power networks, including PJM, one of the biggest USA independent systems, point to a recent extremely cold "bomb cyclone" weather event in the United States northeast that showed the regional grid operating efficiently despite coal power plant closures, cited by Ars Technica. The federal government has a lot of assets in the Pacific Northwest.

The memo added that "federal action is necessary to stop the further premature retirements of fuel-secure generation capacity".

The Energy Department would also establish a "Strategic Electric Generation Reserve". The National Coal Council said in a statement Friday that existing coal facilities provide "direct economic benefits, energy and price stability, job-creating opportunities and environmental benefits".

Perry will need to give his recommendations to Trump on how the USA could keep its "fuel-secure power facilities" open.

Department of Energy spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes did not respond to requests for comment.

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Environmental teams just like the Sierra Membership have been pushing campaigns to part out coal as a part of the US power grid and so they say that even a "bailout" is not going to maintain coal and nuclear vegetation open as the worldwide market focuses extra on pure fuel and renewable power sources. The plan calls for Perry to use the Federal Power Act and the Defense Production Act to temporarily delay retirements of coal and nuclear plants.

The administration says the transfer will forestall coal and nuclear energy vegetation vital to {the electrical} grid from closing, however opponents say the requirement is basically a bailout for a dying business that the president promised to save lots of and can trigger People' electrical energy payments to get dearer. The proposed Energy Department directive also would tell some of those facilities to continue generating and delivering electric power according to their existing or recent contracts with utilities. Nationwide, BNEF said, two dozen nuclear plants - representing almost 33 gigawatts - are either scheduled to close or probably won't make money through 2021.

The action by the Energy Department would represent an unprecedented intervention into US energy markets. In the case of coal specifically, the National Energy Technology Lab stated that, during the 2018 Bomb Cyclone at the height of peak demand on January 5, 2018, "had coal been removed, a 9-18 GW shortfall would have developed". However, CIL's daily supplies of 1.4-million tons would enable power plants to increase stock, but they would have to make timely bookings as per their fuel supply agreements. "There is no need for any such drastic action", said a PJM spokesperson about the new idea.

Those reviews followed FERC's rejection of Perry's notice of proposed rulemaking that directed the commission to put market rules in place that would have guaranteed full cost recovery and a return on investment for generators that maintain 90-day on-site fuel supplies. And it is the biggest dumb move by this administration I have seen, at least since yesterday - when Trump effectively made all our allies angry with his ridiculous trade tariffs.

If adopted, the move would mark an unprecedented intervention in power markets, and would serve the administration's goal of bolstering America's struggling coal and nuclear industries that have been shrinking amid competition from natural gas, solar and wind power.

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