What the DOE Study Should Include 

The Department of Energy (DOE) will release a study soon that could profoundly influence the future of the electricity sector in the U.S.  The study is expected to examine whether the retirement of baseload electricity sources ― particularly, coal-fired and nuclear power plants ― might be threatening the reliability and resilience of the nation’s electric grid. (So far, almost 600 coal-fired electric generating units have either retired or announced plans to retire.)  ACCCE’s recent paper urges the DOE study to make a distinction between reliability and resilience in discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different electricity sources; support resilience analysis and the establishment of uniform resilience criteria; evaluate the risks associated with over-reliance on natural gas to generate electricity; accurately characterize the role of EPA policies in causing coal retirements; and include correct information on energy subsidies.

We hope the DOE study addresses these topics so that policy makers can make well-informed decisions.

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16k MW of generating capacity could retire in few years, leaving PJM w/o fuel-secure baseload. Read @FERC comments: //t.co/35WOOuW2IM

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.@CASE_forAmerica in @TheHill on the importance of the #coalfleet to maintaining grid resilience: //t.co/gJ4T09vI02

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Wind/solar received $11 billion from feds in 2013; impacts traditional baseload generation. Read our @FERC comments: //t.co/35WOOuW2IM

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MUST-READ: Nick Akins of @AEPnews says baseload coal plants allowed TX to “Dodge a cannon ball” //t.co/gJ4T09vI02

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.@FERChatterjee: time to “potentially cast a lifeline” to assets like #coalfleet to maintain electricity supply: //t.co/xJcHKLjoRn

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America's PowerNov 11 at 5:06am
Must-read op-ed in The Hill this week - as baseload energy sources are pushed aside, grid resilience suffers. Read more:
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