The Secure The Grid Minute

FERC Stonewalls Energy Secretary Perry on Grid Resilience Directive

December 12, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

Stonewalling is “The act of refusing communication, stalling, or evading, especially to avoid revealing embarrassing information and escape accountability.”  This is an apt description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in their treatment of a recent initiative of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to financially incentivize electric generators to build resilience in their operations, in this case rewarding coal and nuclear plants for keeping 90 days of fuel on site.  

Secured on-site fuel storage is just one way to provide for grid resilience and ensure power production after a catastrophe, yet in the midst of the serious EMP threat to our grid from North Korea, FERC’s Commissioners – it seems – want to delay and discredit Secretary Perry’s directive.  Stonewalling = business as usual for the regulators of our electric grid.

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