The debate over resilience will likely continue as the federal government remains focused on saving coal and nuclear plants in the year to come.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Richard Glick has said regulators should be “dubious” when resilience is cited with fuel security, noting the combination could aid the bid to support uneconomic power plants. “Grid resiliency and fuel security demand that an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy must include coal,” Bevin wrote.
The White House’s stance has been unapologetically pro-coal, floating a bailout proposal for uneconomic plants in June that is reportedly on hold for now. And in November, the Department of Energy announced a “Coal FIRST” initiative, aimed at funding smaller, more efficient new coal plants.