Bomb Cyclone and NOPR Redux: What the Grid Really Needs

By [email protected] Grid nerds have spent the last few months whipped up into a frenzy over Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s hastily written plan to prop up aging coal plants in the name of grid resiliency.

Then, last week, federal energy regulators rejected it. Secretary Perry’s team couldn’t come up with the basic legal argument needed for FERC to consider the proposal.

The door is not fully closed, however. Regulators say they want to revisit the idea of grid resiliency — and now they’re asking regional grid operators to report back on their actual needs.

So, it’s worth stepping back and asking the same question. What

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