Trump’s EPA Coal Is A ‘Safeguard’ Against Attacks On Electric Grid

September 11, 2019 posted by

Trump�s EPA Coal Is A �Safeguard� Against
Attacks On Electric Grid BY CHRIS WHITE EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said Wednesday
that removing coal production from the U.S. grid would make the country more vulnerable
to terrorist attacks. �What would happen if we had an attack on
our infrastructure when you�ve diverted to natural gas almost exclusively and you
don�t have coal there as a safeguard to preserve the grid?� Pruitt said during a
Fox New interview. His comments come after Energy Secretary Rick
Perry directed the agency to undergo a 60-day review of the energy grid in April to determine
if green energy subsidies are hurting more reliable forms of energy like natural gas
and coal. Perry�s review seeks to evaluate to what
extent regulatory burdens, subsidies, and tax policies �are responsible for forcing
the premature retirement of baseload power plants.� Pruitt�s decision to weigh in
on energy grid issues is another unique difference between the Trump administration and its Democratic
predecessor. �Utility companies across this country need
fuel diversity. You need solid hydrocarbons on-site that you
can store, so when peak demand rises, you�ve got solid hydrocarbons to draw on,� he added. Pruitt�s position is not unprecedented. The 2016 Republican National Convention, for
instance, proposed the idea of transitioning the EPA into a bipartisan commission akin
to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an agency responsible for approving improvements
and maintaining the country�s electrical grid. DOE�s study is being conducted as the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation, a grid watchdog group, focuses on determining
the vulnerabilities of an electric grid completely dependent on solar power, wind power, and
natural gas. The group maintains that holding a surplus
of coal on power plant premises could stave off possible brownouts or possible attacks. It also reported last year that natural gas
and renewable energy technology has benefits but is also problematic in maintaining a reliable
source of energy. Natural gas is a just-in-time resource, the
group noted at the time of a 2016 report, that must be transported via pipeline. Pipelines cannot always keep up with demand
if there is a spike in electricity consumption during a bout of extreme hot or cold weather,
it noted. Government officials� concerns stem chiefly
from evidence showing Europe and other country�s reliance on solar and wind power have caused
a series of rolling blackouts in Germany and South Australia. South Australia, for instance, has plenty
of coal and natural gas reserves, but, thanks to the country�s environmental movement,
many of the state�s most reliable coal-powered plants have been shuttered, which is forcing
solar and wind power to make up for the deficit. The state�s growing reliance on solar and
wind power �has not only led to a series of technical challenges� but �also increased
wholesale price volatility as the state rebalances its supply from dispatchable plant to intermittent
generation,� Australia�s Energy Council noted last year. Nearly 25 percent of homes in the state currently
have solar panels installed, and the state gets 41 percent of its power from wind, solar
and other green sources. Officials believe fluctuations in the supply
of wind power have caused rolling brownouts and blackouts in South Australia. Germany, which is almost completely reliant
on solar and wind, managed to stave off a major blackout in January when German energy
suppliers recommissioned its last remaining cola power plants at the last moment. The country�s power grid was strained to
the limit and was in jeopardy of going offline entirely, triggering national blackouts if
just one power plant had gone offline. Germany was forced to recommission the plants
to keep energy flowing.


2 Replies to “Trump’s EPA Coal Is A ‘Safeguard’ Against Attacks On Electric Grid”

  1. David Lang says:

    What they are not telling you is how many nuclear reactors are already past their engineered lifespans
    Congress has quietly passed extensions , and most plants operating right now on extensions have no replacement reactors under construction

    To not get too far into things many think are "" theories ,"" I'll leave it up to the individuals to ask themselves
    Why are no new replacement reactors being built ??

  2. Iris Eddy says:


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