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Top U.S. Regulators Don't Back Claim That Grid Faces Emergency

  • FERC Commissioners testify before U.S. Senate committee
  • Trump has invoked national security to save coal, nuke plants
America’s Power Grid Is Showing Signs of Strain During Brutal Cold

Photographer: Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg


Top U.S. energy regulators declined to endorse the notion that power grids face a national emergency during a Senate hearing Tuesday, tacitly rebuffing President Donald Trump’s argument to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants.

The five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission were testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee when asked by New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich if the decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.