En­ergy reg­u­la­tors see no im­me­di­ate threat to power grid

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

WASHINGTON – Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors are dis­put­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s claim that strug­gles fac­ing the coal and nuclear in­dus­tries threaten the re­li­a­bil­ity of the na­tion’s power grid.

Kevin McIn­tyre, the Repub­li­can chair­man of the Fed­eral En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, told Congress on Tues­day that “there is no im­me­di­ate calamity or threat” to the na­tion’s bulk power sys­tem. He added that ex­ist­ing power sources are suf­fi­cient to sat­isfy the na­tion’s en­ergy needs.

The com­ments con­tra­dict a re­cent White House direc­tive or­der­ing ac­tion to keep coal­fired and nuclear power plants open as a mat­ter of na­tional and eco­nomic se­cu­rity.

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