August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8



By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington Trump Wants Orders Delaying Coal, Nuclear Plant Closings Energy Secretary Rick Perry is taking a second bite of the apple as he prepares recommendations requested by President Trump aimed at delaying retirement of electric generation facilities which use coal and nuclear energy as inputs. President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC) drafted a memorandum that suggests Perry could delay retirement of those non-natural gas-using power plants by citing the Defense Production Act of 1950 and the Federal Power Act. The DOE would ostensibly force system operators to purchase electricity from “subject generation facilities” for a period of 2

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