Energy Department rule incentivizing coal and nuclear good for economic growth, grid resiliency

Oct. 4, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Trump administration for a new Energy Department rule that will require “its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of our nation’s grid”:

“In 2016, Coal and nuclear provided a combined 51 percent of electricity, in spite of Obama policies that are taking 374 coal power plants off line, and accelerating the decommissioning of 5 nuclear reactors. The rule announced by Department of Energy will help take the regulatory boot off the throats of these two vital pieces of our electricity power grid puzzle.

“In order for America to grow its manufacturing sector and to create the resulting high-paying jobs, it is essential that we expand our electricity immediately. Secretary Perry’s wise move will encourage the private sector to invest in this necessary expansion.

“This latest Energy Department rule is just one more example of President Donald Trump successfully ending the administrative stranglehold on free market economic growth. Thank you, Secretary Perry.”


“Infrastructure Requires Electrical Grid Expansion For National Security, Jobs,” by Ken Blackwell and Rick Manning, June 6, 2017 at

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