The Hill: We do need a more secure grid, but the administration’s solutions don’t add up
The United States has a grid problem, but the federal government’s proposed fix is misguided.
Recently, the White House ordered the Department of Energy to take immediate steps to stop the loss of “fuel-secure” energy generation to protect grid resilience.
A draft memorandum leaked from DOE describes the government’s concerns about the resilience and security of the U.S. electric grid, and proposes using emergency authorities to subsidize uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants around the country. This action follows several other attempts to prevent planned power plant retirements by the administration.