10 July, 2020

Trump urges U.S.-owned TVA to continue coal plant open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday urged the Tennessee Valley Authority to never close a plant in the center of coal country, being the U.S.-owned turbine converts its operations to propane, nuclear and renewables for economic reasons.

“Coal is a vital part of our electricity generation mix,” Trump, who considers voters in coal-producing states a major part of his base, wrote on Twitter.

TVA “should give serious thought to all factors before voting to seal viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!” Trump said. The 971-megawatt unit in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, may be the last coal-fired the main plant, which currently is run on natural gas and coal. TVA predicted to vote once Thursday on its future.

Fellow Republicans, including Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, want to obtain to keep burning coal, saying it gives you local jobs and reliable power.

TVA’s leader, Bill Johnson, told Reuters in December it would keep cutting carbon emissions in future years after replacing most of its coal-fired fleet with plants are powered by natural gas, nuclear and renewables.

Since he took control of in 2019, TVA has spent $15 billion to modernize its fleet. Johnson said TVA shut the coal plants for economic reasons.

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in Trump’s 1st two years than were retired in your whole of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s first term, the timber grown today Republican’s efforts to brace the industry to stay a campaign promise to coal-mining states.

Trump’s energy secretary, Rick Perry, issued a directive into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2019 to subsidize coal and nuclear plants who are ailing like they compete with cheap, plentiful gas. FERC rejected the directive in ’09, but the commission could consider another intend to help out coal plants later on.