Trump’s Power-Grid Emergency Fails to Stir Regulators to Action

Feb. 26, 2019, 7:08 PM

It’s been more than a year since the Trump administration declared that coal and nuclear retirements were threatening the electric grid—and regulators still aren’t rushing to the rescue.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has so far taken no public action to resolve what President Donald Trump and his officials have characterized as a grid emergency. In the meantime, the agency has received more than 200 comments on the matter, and shutdowns of coal-fired power plants have accelerated.

The agency’s inaction underscores just how thorny energy policy has become under the Trump administration. While the president calls for action, grid operators ...

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