What to Watch in the Wake of the DOE Grid Study

08.28.2017  -  utilitydive.com

The Department of Energy's grid reliability study has been described in many ways since it dropped last week, including schizophrenic, and an effort "to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants."

But overall, the reaction has been more moderate and cautiously complimentary. There was much fear in clean energy and environmental circles that a pro-coal, anti-renewables slant was virtually preordained by the study's scope, and the Trump Administration's promise to support fossil fuels. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's memo launching the process appeared to praise "baseload" power plants and hint that their difficulties have been linked to renewable subsidies.

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