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Natural Gas Industry Joins Fray Against Coal Bailout


The natural gas industry joined with other energy market participants to defend the sector’s reliability and decry the U.S. Department of Energy’s grid resilience initiative as “uneconomic” in comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The department specifically highlighted the value of having a 90-day on-site fuel supply, a criterion that is much more readily met by coal and nuclear generators than by gas-fired ones.

“[T]he DOE [notice of proposed rulemaking] is a transparent attempt to prop up uneconomic generation that is unable to compete due largely to sustained low prices for natural gas and that is not otherwise needed for reliability,” a group of 20 energy industry associations and individual companies said in comments to FERC posted Oct. 23.

Along with the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Natural Gas Supply Association, the group included independent power producers, renewable energy developers, advanced technology interests, vertically integrated utilities and industrial customers.

The state of the U.S. power grid does “not justify the rushed nature of the proposal,” the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, or INGAA, said in separate comments, calling the agency’s approach to resilience “unduly discriminatory” and saying it “displays no awareness” that it would be a departure from FERC’s historical approach to grid reliability.

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