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DOE’s compensation scheme for coal and nuclear is dead – Now what?

 Environmental Defense Fund, By Natalie Karas  January 12, 2018 In a January 8 Order, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) swiftly dismissed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed out-of-market compensation scheme for coal and nuclear units.  DOE’s proposal would have provided guaranteed profits to coal and nuclear plants, despite the fact that these aging units are losing out to more efficient and affordable resources.  Instead, FERC took a more measured approach, asking all regional market operators to submit additional information on resiliency issues within 60 days, and providing interested parties an opportunity to respond to those submittals within 30 days.  Here’s what we can expect next.

A robust process

The Commission has reasserted its independence and refused to be influenced by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s poorly-reasoned proposal, and DOE’s demand that FERC act swiftly without an adequate record.  FERC’s order makes clear that while it may take future action on resilience, it will only do so after a complete record and vetting of the issues……..


January 15, 2018 - Posted by | general


  1. Rick Perry is the USAs version of South Africa’s, Zuma. Unfortunately, there is no means or process, to unseat Perry. Hopefully, his insane agenda, will be stopped.

    Comment by Ken | January 15, 2018 | Reply

  2. It’s not certain that it’s stopped. They have another comment deadline which could be twisted into support for nuclear.

    Comment by miningawareness | January 15, 2018 | Reply

  3. FERC surprised many and stood up to DOE on this proposal, but you may not realize that’s how the system is supposed to work! FERC is an independent agency, and DOE, the President, and Congress cannot review their decisions. To learn more on FERC, check out this primer:

    Comment by Chester Energy and Policy | January 25, 2018 | Reply

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