McKinley Urges Trump Administration to Protect America’s Electric Grid

Trump Administration Reviewing Options to Keep Coal and Nuclear Power Plants Open

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Washington, June 1, 2018 | comments
Reports were published earlier today that show the Trump Administration is making plans to invoke their emergency authority to keep coal and nuclear-fired power plants open. Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) has been a leading advocate on this issue in Congress and is urging the Administration to secure the reliability and resiliency of America’s electric grid.
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Reports were published earlier today that show the Trump Administration is making plans to invoke their emergency authority to keep coal and nuclear-fired power plants open. Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) has been a leading advocate on this issue in Congress and is urging the Administration to secure the reliability and resiliency of America’s electric grid.

“The closure of additional power plants will weaken America’s national security. With coal and nuclear plants already closing at alarming rates, the reliability of America’s electric grid is at risk. From the Polar Vortex to Hurricane Harvey to the growing threat of cyberattacks from foreign enemies, we’ve seen how weather and other external factors can stress our energy supply and threaten our security,” said McKinley.

“We’re encouraged by the news that President Trump is considering invoking emergency authority to secure our electric grid, and we call on him to act quickly to protect America’s national security interests,” McKinley added.

Click here to read the recent reports on the Trump Administration’s plans.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a statement in support of the effort, and noted that the President has directed Secretary Perry to work on the issue.

Background
McKinley is a leader in Congress on the issue of securing the reliability and resiliency of America’s electric grid:
• In September 2017, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) develop a rule that will address threats to our nation’s electrical grid reliability. Namely, the proposed rule would’ve allowed for the recovery of costs of fuel-secure (such as coal, nuclear, and hydropower) generation units frequently relied upon to make our grid reliable and resilient. FERC rejected this proposal in January.
• McKinley wrote an op-ed supporting Secretary Perry’s proposal. To read it, click here.
• In February 2018, McKinley led a letter with Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12) urging the Trump Administration to utilize their 202(c) emergency powers to secure America’s electric grid. The letter was signed by 23 Members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
• To read the McKinley and Rothfus letter, click here.
• In April 2018, McKinley and Rothfus led a follow-up letter reiterating their calls for the Administration to invoke their emergency powers to prevent further closures of America’s coal and nuclear-fired power plants. This letter was signed by 20 members of Congress, including West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
• In April 2018, McKinley spoke privately with President Trump at an event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia about the need to invoke the administration’s 202(c) emergency powers to protect our electric grid by keeping coal and nuclear power plants open. President Trump then made an announcement during the event that he would direct his administration to look into using the emergency powers.
• To read more on President Trump’s announcement, click here.
• During an April 2018 hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Secretary Perry praised McKinley’s case for invoking the Administration’s emergency authority:
o “I hope your remarks have been televised and we can put them up,” said Secretary Perry, “because you have succinctly made the point of exactly what has to happen in this country from the standpoint of being able to protect the resilience and reliability of our electric grid.”
• In May 2018, McKinley wrote an op-ed with Rep. Rothfus on the national security implications associated with further coal and nuclear power plant closures. To read the op-ed, click here.
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