Secretary Perry urges FERC to protect coal and nuclear power plants

Written By: Katherine Demetre
October 2, 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take swift action to address threats to U.S. electrical grid resiliency. Pursuant to his authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Secretary urged the Commission to issue a final rule requiring its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. grid.

Secretary Perry commented:

A reliable and resilient electrical grid is critical not only to our national and economic security, but also to the everyday lives of American families. A diverse mix of power generation resources, including those with on-site reserves, is essential to the reliable delivery of electricity—particularly in times of supply stress such as recent natural disasters. My proposal will strengthen American energy security by ensuring adequate reserve resource supply and I look forward to the Commission acting swiftly on it.

The Department of Energy (DOE) filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) under the Federal Power Act on Sept 29 to enhance grid resilience. According to the DOE, the proposed rule “allows for the recovery of costs of fuel-secure generation units frequently relied upon to make our grid reliable and resilient.” The NOPR requests FERC to act within 60 days.

Stratton Report caught up with Robert Morgan from Agile Energy to get his take on the DOE NOPR  at Solar Connect 2017

How do you see last weeks Department of Energy's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking impacting renewable energy?

Robert Morgan
Co-Founder, President and COO
Agile Energy, LLC

Do you regard the DOE NOPR as an omen about how the Trump Administration will decide the Suniva tariff question?

Robert Morgan
Co-Founder, President and COO
Agile Energy, LLC