Grid watchdog: Coal use falls faster under Obama climate plan

An assessment finds that energy from wind and solar rises by between 10 and 20 gigawatts over the next 15 years, while the power from coal plants drops by as much as 27 gigawatts as a result of the Environmental Protection Agencies climate plan, the report concludes. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
From the Washington Examiner

By JOHN SICILIANO • 5/19/16 4:43 PM

The Obama administration’s climate rules for new power plants will cause coal plants to close more swiftly than without the regulations, the nation’s grid reliability watchdog said Thursday.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, or NERC, issued its latest analysis on the administration’s Clean Power Plan, examining the plan’s effects on the power grid and need for regulators to keep the lights on.

The watchdog was sanctioned by Congress in 2005 to be the nation’s technical adviser on electric reliability and author of enforceable standards for the industry.

“NERC’s assessment shows that significant changes to the resource mix are occurring regardless of the [Clean Power Plan], but that the CPP accelerates some of these changes, underscoring a potential reliability challenge,” said Thomas Coleman, director of NERC Reliability Assessment. Coleman is urging states to begin planning new transmission lines that will be needed to connect more renewables to the grid to replace the lost coal.

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