• Trump administration’s plan to compensate nuclear and coal power generation rejected; Commission will make its own investigation into grid resilience

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

In further news of the Trump administration, the Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule to compensate coal-fired and nuclear power generators for providing standby capacity has been rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which found the current means of compensation is adequate. It also concluded that the proposed rule, though technically fuel-agnostic, was unduly biased towards coal and nuclear power generation, as the rule was based on a power generator keeping more than 90 days’ worth of fuel onsite, something that is unfeasible for gas- or oil-fired plants. Despite rejecting the rule, the Commission did note that grid resilience is an important goal, something which it will investigate in a broader sense as a priority. The rejection will be a blow to the Trump administration (particularly as it had chosen the majority of the members of the Commission), but it might be that more reasonable measures result from a more extensive investigation, which will be based on submissions from regional transmission organisations.