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Fuel security initiative released by PJM

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World Coal,

PJM Interconnection has released its initiative on fuel security. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) issued the following statement by Paul Bailey, President and CEO:

“We are encouraged to see that PJM, the largest grid operator in the US, has recognised the importance of fuel security. Between 2010 and 2017, 25 500 MW of coal-fuelled generating capacity have retired in the PJM region, and 6400 MW are expected to retire between 2018 and 2020. Loss of a fuel-secure resource like coal poses resilience and reliability risks for the PJM grid, and addressing the impact these retirements have is essential to ensuring that the grid remains secure. We look forward to seeing the results of PJM’s further analysis.

“We are encouraged to see that the largest grid operator in the US has recognised the importance of fuel security to maintain grid resilience. Nationwide, more 110 000 MW of coal-fired generating capacity has retired or announced plans to retire. ACCCE has been raising the urgency of addressing the impact that retirements of this fuel secure resource will have on grid resilience. Defining resilience criteria and valuing resilience attributes in wholesale electricity markets, as PJM has announced it would work to do, are essential actions to keeping our grid reliable and resilient.”

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