Trump's Coal, Nuke Push Pegged to Security Threats to Gas Pipes

Trump's Coal, Nuke Push Pegged to Security Threats to Gas Pipes

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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".

"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".

Among other things, the report asserts that natural gas pipelines are vulnerable to cyberattacks and that coal and nuclear plants are essential during extreme weather because they can keep large amounts of fuel on-hand. "Above all, the subsidy would be a major victory for First Energy as it negotiates with bondholders over the value of coal and nuclear plants owned by its bankrupt First Energy Solutions subsidiary". Numerous plants have operated far longer than anticipated when they were built. "The sad irony is that such steps deprive businesses of the certainty needed to make much-needed investments in power generation - undermining the reliability of America's electricity infrastructure, which is the very concern this ill-conceived measure claims to address".

"Orderly power plant retirements do not constitute an emergency for our electric grid", said Amy Farrell, vice president of the American Wind Energy Association.

The issue is a priority for some of the president's top supporters, including coal moguls Robert E. Murray and Joseph Craft of Alliance Resource Partners, who donated a million dollars to the president's inauguration. The memo outlines how the Department of Energy would use two seldom-used laws - the Defense Production Act and the Federal Power Act - to keep power plants on for two years while the agency studies the issue. Critics have said that wind and solar power are inconsistent, providing less energy when the sun is down or the wind isn't blowing.

The Natural Gas Supply Association said the stopgap measure laid out in the draft memo was "a awful idea on multiple levels".

An array of groups attacked the Trump administration's proposal Friday, saying it would prop up one of the dirtiest and most expensive sources of power - coal - while costing customers more money and putting more climate-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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A 10-mile wide " special economic zone " would be created along the 310-mile border, within which traders could operate under the republic's trade rules.

"I eagerly await the administration's regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster", tweeted former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, lumping coal and nuclear with other outdated products.

It suggests the department would use emergency authority under the Federal Power Act and Defense Production Act to direct grid operators to buy power or capacity from at-risk facilities.

The opposition crossed a wide spectrum of industries.

The memo was widely circulated on Friday morning, and later in the day a White House press secretary confirmed that President Donald Trump "has directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources".

There is no environmental argument for keeping open coal plants, which are the most carbon-intensive form of power.

But some energy companies, environmentalists and consumer groups are balking at that idea, according to the Times.

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 USA northeast that showed the regional grid operating efficiently despite coal power plant closures, cited by Ars Technica.

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