Regulators reject Perry’s plan to boost coal industry

Federal regulators on Monday rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. The decision marked a setback for the Trump administration’s push to revive the coal industry, which has declined over the last decade as power companies choose to shift to cheap natural gas and and forced to use unreliable renewable energy. Perry argued in September that losing coal plants could threaten the power grid’s “reliability and resiliency.” Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members rejected that logic. “There is no evidence in the record to suggest that temporarily delaying the retirement of uncompetitive coal and nuclear generators would meaningfully improve the resilience of the grid,” wrote Commissioner Richard Glick.

Richard Glick was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017.

Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Glick was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy.

Prior to that, Commissioner Glick was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He ran the company’s Washington, DC, office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies.

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