Daily Energy Insider reported:
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced Tuesday that it submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), urging a rejection of a proposal that would provide emergency support for coal and nuclear plants across the PJM Interconnection. FirstEnergy Solutions filed the proposal for a 202(c) order on March 29.
AEE said in its comments that FirstEnergy Solutions did not provide evidence that shows that there is a national emergency that would require DOE to intervene by issuing a 202(c) order.
“The proposal amounts to a multi-billion-dollar tax on businesses and households in PJM to bail out uncompetitive power plants,” Malcolm Woolf, senior vice president of policy for AEE, said. “The region is blessed with ample excess electricity generation supply, as attested to by the grid operator, PJM. As such, there is no imminent shortfall that would justify invoking the ‘emergency authority’ of the Federal Power Act, the ‘national security’ provisions of the Defense Authorization Act, or any other authority for emergency action.”
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