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Trump to save struggling US coal-fired power plants?

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The Trump Administration is planning to support struggling coal-fired power plants by having grid operators purchase electricity from them.

On 1 June, a draft proposal from the US Energy Department will be reviewed by the White House National Security Council. It is proposed that the Energy Department would apply emergency authority under federal laws in order to navigate grid operators into purchasing power generation from ailing plants.

The proposal argues for action, stating that the decommissioning of coal-fired power plants must be managed, citing national security reasons.

The draft states: “Federal action is necessary to stop the further premature retirements of fuel-secure generation capacity. […] Too many of these fuel-secure plants have retired prematurely and many more have recently announced retirement.”

While many of President Trump’s top donors advocate for the support of struggling coal-fired power plants, it is unclear as to whether or not Trump has signed off on the plan.

More will be revealed after the hearing on 1 June.

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