In an unusual move a few months ago, Trump’s newly appointed energy secretary, Rick Perry, directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to design a rule that would permit only coal and nuclear power plants to recover costs for stockpiled fuels. Perry insists the rule ensures a reliable grid, reports Rebecca Leber, but critics say it’s a “thinly veiled attempt to prop up uncompetitive coal and nuclear, and that Perry is attempting to rush a flawed rule through on an accelerated timeline.”

“As an independent body, FERC’s commissioners don’t necessarily have to go along with this plan, and they are facing a lot of pressure to reject Perry’s proposal,” says Leber.

In fact, Perry set a 60-day deadline for FERC, which according to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is “lightning-fast.” Sen Wyden sent a letter to FERC’s secretary Kimberly Bose explaining his objections: “this rule would destroy competitive power markets and raise utility rates for millions of Americans, while doing virtually nothing to improve the reliability of the electricity grid.”

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