Energy Secretary Perry Requests Federal Rules to Boost Cost Recovery for Coal and Nuclear

By [email protected] The Department of Energy recently released a highly-anticipated assessment of the U.S. grid that did not find a clear link between retiring coal and nuclear power plants and reduced grid reliability. Now, the agency is asking federal regulators to presume that’s the case, and create a rule that could provide coal and nuclear plants with additional financial support — potentially at the expense of natural gas, solar, wind and other alternatives.

In a Thursday letter and notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Energy Secretary Rick Perry asked the agency to take up a

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