By rejecting Secretary Rick Perry’s directive and establishing a new process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) failed to swiftly address the reliability and resiliency of the nation’s electricity grid, even at a time when frigid temperatures are placing greater stress on generation and cost. The Commission’s decision merely resets the clock and starts a new process that could take valuable months even as many providers face significant hurdles. It is certain that without action, some of America’s most reliable and resilient baseload generators—nuclear power plants—will continue to close prematurely, robbing us of the benefits they provide to the grid, the environment, the economy, and our national security. Once nuclear generation plants close, they are gone forever.
Nuclear Matters applauds Secretary Perry’s initiative with respect to preserving our electricity grid and we are committed to supporting swift action from FERC, DOE, and others to find solutions to end this disastrous trend.