Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

The Trump administration is to instruct grid operators to purchase electricity from coal and nuclear power plants as part of US President Trump’s pledge to protect the US coal industry.

Under the proposed intervention, the Department of Energy (DOE) would execute emergency authority in order to direct operators to purchase electricity or electric generation capacity from coal and nuclear plants, with future plans to establish a “Strategic Electric Generation Reserve” to promote national defence and make the most of domestic energy supplies.

During his election campaign, US President Donald Trump vowed to help revive and secure the US coal industry.

Last month it was announced that the White House was considering a “Clean and Advanced Fossil Alliance” to advocate for coal and natural gas technology and exports with a list of other supportive countries.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has already identified the need to hold sufficient supplies by pushing forward new regulations on power pricing, which will reward power plants that can maintain 90 days’ worth of supplies to ensure continuous provision, such as coal and nuclear.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said: “I am glad President Trump and his Administration are considering my idea to use the Defence Production Act to save coal-fired power plants with emissions controls and protect our national security.”

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