Leaked DOE Grid Report Puts Rick Perry in an Awkward Position. What Will the Final Draft Look Like?

By [email protected] In April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested an analysis on whether renewable energy poses a threat to baseload power plants and the broader health of the grid.

Last week, an early draft of that highly anticipated report was leaked. It concluded that renewables are not destabilizing the power sector.

The leaked version pointed to a natural-gas glut, aging power plant fleets and flattening demand as the cause of baseload retirement — not wind and solar.

Now the question becomes: How will the final version change? And does it now put the department in an awkward position? We debate the ethics and consequences of

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