Coal CEO slams Trump for picking 'inadequate bureaucrats'

NRDC's 5th annual energy report October 2017  
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That's why today's decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the Department of Energy's (DOE) flawed coal and nuclear proposal is such an important win for American families, competitive markets, and the environment. That information from the grid operators is due in 60 days.

Today's decision by FERC was the right one, but FERC needs to do a lot more to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and safeguard our climate before they earn our applause.

Those regulators sit on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a five-member panel.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE " s former campaign manager slammed a five-member federal board - four of whom Trump nominated - as part of the "deep state" for rejecting Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPerry pictured with falcon, sword during trek to Saudi Arabia Trump promised "best people' would run government - they upended it U.S. oil and gas boom will actually help spur energy revolution MORE's plan to boost coal and nuclear power.

"The addition of a diverse array of generation resources, including natural gas, solar, wind, and geothermal, as well as maturing technologies, such as energy storage, distributed generation, and demand response, have in many respects contributed to the resilience of the bulk power system", commissioner Richard Glick said.


His work was reportedly on behalf of coal mining company Murray Energy Corp. and electric utility FirstEnergy Corp., two of the most vocal advocates for the Perry plan that FERC rejected.

Perry's rule was written to be fuel agnostic at face value, but its details would have bolstered coal and nuclear plants in the energy market because natural gas- and oil-fed generators generally can't keep 90 days' worth of fuel onsite (they receive their fuel via pipeline), and renewable energy generation is variable. Perry's request to FERC came after he denied a coal industry request to issue an emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants that complained they were overburdened by environmental rules and market stresses. But he said it is not FERC's job to solve that problem. It said that there is no evidence that the ongoing trend of coal plant retirements threatens the grid in any way.

"I fear that we will now immediately observe the announcement of further decommissioning of nuclear and coal-fired electricity generation that will further exacerbate this critical situation", Mr. Murray added. As one example, he noted last week's forced shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in MA due to a power line that failed during extreme cold weather. Throughout its territory, more than 40 new gas-fired generating plants are planned or operating, displacing coal-fueled plants and threatening nuclear plants.

Murray dismissed the research, claiming that Rhodium Group is "certainly biased" and "shills for the renewable energy industry". LaFleur is the only member appointed before Trump took office.

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