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Top Energy Regulator Vows to Keep Coal in U.S. Power Mix

Aug. 14, 2017, 9:09 PM

The newly minted head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants to preserve coal’s share of America’s power mix.

Neil Chatterjee, tapped by President Donald Trump to temporarily lead the agency that oversees the nation’s electricity markets, said Aug. 14 that coal-fired power plants are a crucial part of the America’s energy mix. In a podcast posted on the agency’s website, Chatterjee stressed the need to preserve so-called baseload power, a term typically used to describe steady, dependable supplies of power from nuclear and coal plants.

“I believe baseload power should be recognized as an essential part of ...

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