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Coal States Urge Trump Administration to Tackle Plant Closures

  • FERC previously shot down administration bid to rescue coal
  • Agency chairman included grid resilience issue in fall agenda
Coal-fired power plant in Stratton, Ohio.

Coal-fired power plant in Stratton, Ohio.

Photographer: Justin Merriman/Bloomberg

Six coal states are pressing the Trump administration to wrap up an almost two-year inquiry into whether coal and nuclear plant retirements are threatening the electric grid.

In letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which overseas U.S. power markets, utility commissioners from Alabama, Kentucky, Montana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming warned that plant closures are accelerating and “bringing increased attention to grid resilience and fuel security.”