Monday, July 24, 2017

Grid:  'No Political Interference,' DOE Study Author Says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. (Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
A veteran energy consultant who penned the leaked draft of a high-profile grid study for Energy Secretary Rick Perry is speaking out about speculation that the report has been politically tainted.

Alison Silverstein, an independent consultant who served as an adviser to former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Wood III, also confirmed her work pointed a finger at low demand for electricity and cheap natural gas as the drivers of coal and nuclear plant closures, and renewables and regulations as exacerbating the problem.  The draft review also concluded the current level of renewables does not pose a threat to the U.S. electric grid, she said.

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