Trump readies new plan to aid coal and nuclear power

Trump orders action to stem shutdowns of coal and nuclear power plants

In what could be an important lifeline for Colstrip and its coal-fired power plants, President Donald Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry Friday to "take immediate steps" to prevent the future closures of coal and nuclear power plants around the nation.

But a draft memo circulated earlier this week indicates the administration might order electric grid operators to buy their energy from struggling coal and nuclear plants. There have been meetings this week at the cabinet deputies' level and at the National Security Council. "Trump will clearly", Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club's campaign to close coal facilities, said in a statement.

Over dozens of pages, the memo makes the case for action, arguing that the decommissioning of power plants must be managed for national security reasons and that federal intervention is necessary before the US reaches a tipping point in the loss of essential, secure electric generation resources.

The Energy Department would also establish a "Strategic Electric Generation Reserve".

The Trump Administration has determined coal-fired are vital to the protection of the nation's energy grid, according to a statement released Friday by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Under a state law passed in 2016, utilities in OR are not allowed to bring coal-fired power into their customers' energy mix past 2035. "We urge policymakers to again block this ill-advised effort to keep plants running that most electric utilities have already made a decision to abandon - and for good reason".

The EIA additionally stories that just about all energy vegetation that retired between 2008 and 2017 have been fossil gasoline vegetation and that nearly all vegetation that plan to shut earlier than 2020 use coal or pure fuel.

While many of President Trump's top donors advocate for the support of struggling coal-fired power plants, it is unclear as to whether or not Trump has signed off on the plan.

Petrobras CEO resigns as strikes take down market favourite
Because of the latest reorganization, Petrobras had regained buyers' confidence earlier than truckers started placing Could 21. The oil giant is controlled by the Brazilian government and is regarded as one of the world's biggest oil companies.

Robert Murray presented a proposal to Perry in March 2017, the month Perry took office.

"No law gives the Administration the power to set energy prices". Fortunately, the last bailout attempt was rejected unanimously by federal regulators, comprised mostly of Trump appointees. Energy analysts say the measure is meant for short-term emergencies and it would be a bad fit to use it this way.

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".

A number of other trade groups representing energy efficiency, electric storage, natural gas, oil, solar, wind and electricity consumers also chimed in to criticize the draft memo and its proposed actions.

Environmental groups like the Sierra Club have been pushing campaigns to phase out coal as part of the US energy grid and they say that even a "bailout" will not keep coal and nuclear plants open as the global market focuses more on natural gas and renewable energy sources. Numerous plants have operated far longer than anticipated when they were built.

Likewise, on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Christopher Mansour, the group's vice president for federal affairs, says, "A policy to spend billions of dollars keeping uneconomic power plants afloat - while trying to put clean and affordable solar on the sidelines - is not a recipe for economic success".

"Today's action will do nothing to make the American people safer".

The Energy Department would be relying partly on the Federal Power Act - the so-called Section 202 authority - that lets the administration order guaranteed profits for power plants that can store large amounts of fuel on site.

Related News:



Most liked

Dog found dead during Delta Airlines layover in Detroit
In another case, a 10-year-old German Shepard wound up on a United Airlines flight to Japan while his family landed in Kansas . Delta tells TMZ it's conducting a thorough investigation to find out what occurred to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Roseanne Barr Says She Begged ABC Not to Cancel Roseanne
Roseanne Barr has pulled out of the podcast she was scheduled to appear on in the wake of her racist tweet controversy. A day later, she got angry. "You know the line?" You threw me under the bus.

Police shoot knife-wielding man at Berlin Cathedral
A cordon has been put in place around the cathedral, located in the Mitte borough, a popular tourist area of the German capital. Mr Wenzel said the incident began when the man entered the Berliner Dom and waved a knife in the area of the altar.

Sofia Richie Spotted for First Time Since Scott Disick Breakup
She added a bit of fashionable flair to the ensemble with black leather boots and wore a shiny silver backpack over one shoulder. OK! Online have contacted representatives for Scott , Lionel and Sofia for comment.

Trump's Net Worth Fell by $100 Million in the previous year
Amanda Miller, a Spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, found fault with Bloomberg's data estimating some of Trump's properties. Trump's net worth is down for the second consecutive year and is at its lowest level since Bloomberg started tracking in 2015.

Kanye West talks mental health and ye during interview with Big Boy
The tweet contained Spotify , iTunes and TIDAL links to Ye which is unavailable to view now as it has been taken down. In his track, Kanye raps, "All these thots on (dating site) Christian Mingle/That's what nearly got Tristan single".

Search continues for 2 missing after small plane crash off Amagansett
Officials say land-based searches by law enforcement will continue until conditions improve and boats can be deployed again. The FAA reports the aircraft crashed two miles off the shore of Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett just before 3 p.m.

Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Shouldn't Testify Because "Our Recollection Keeps Changing"
Mr Trump has previously said he might be willing to attend but his lawyers appear opposed, fearing it could lead to charges of perjury.

Kathleen Wynne concedes she will not be Ontario's Premier after June 7
Even Kathleen Wynne is not supporting Kathleen Wynne this time around by the looks of it". "Let's not go from bad to worse". Omar Khan, a Liberal executive council member, said the party is now working on maintaining official party status.

Amazon's Alexa learns to suggest skills for your random requests
Doing so, it records about a second of ambient sound on the device, which it constantly discards and replaces. We're learning an important lesson about cutting-edge voice technology: Amazon's Alexa is always listening.

Woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly running over man on baseball field
Parkhurst walked into the police station in 2013 after two interviews by the investigators and confessed, the archives show. Witness video shows a maroon vehicle spinning around the bases on the baseball field.

Dancing FBI agent accidentally fires gun, injures Denver nightclub patron
The incident which occurred on Saturday night local time was captured in a 32-second video obtained by ABC affiliate KMGH . It's unclear if the agent will face any internal discipline from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the accident.

French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova anticipates return to the limelight in Paris
The Spaniard, victor in 2016 and seeded third, took just 62 minutes to see off Stosur, the former US Open victor , 6-0 6-2. Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza , the 2016 champion, was too strong for France's number 257 Fiona Ferro 6-4, 6-3.

IPhone X 2018 could be a budget phone with a BIG screen
Gurman also maintains his original claim that the phone will have an aluminum chassis and a glass rear for wireless charging. Not a lot is known about this cheaper variant of iPhone 2018 apart from some of the hardware specs that were leaked earlier.

Neymar back with a bang as Brazil star sinks Croatia
Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner. The 26-year-old came on as a second-half substitute for Brazil in Sunday's friendly clash with Croatia at Anfield .