FERC Commissioners and Staff Question DOE’s Push for Cost Recovery for Coal and Nuclear

By [email protected] Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leveled pointed criticism and probing questions at Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to reward coal and nuclear plants for stockpiling fuel.

In the week after DOE’s surprise request, two out of five FERC commissioners expressed opposition to the rule, which would jeopardize competitive wholesale electricity markets as currently practiced. The first was FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson, a former Pennsylvania public utilities commissioner nominated in May and approved by the Senate in August, who said in a speech before a PJM meeting last week, “FERC does not do politics. We don’t do energy politics.”

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