"Sierra Club Sues U.S. Energy Department Over Power Grid Study"

"WASHINGTON - Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid.

It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind and solar power who fear it could be used by the Trump administration to form policies that could slow growth in the industry.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who commissioned the 60-day study in April, ordered his department to see whether 'regulatory burdens' by other administrations including former president Barack Obama’s had forced the premature retirements of so-called baseload power plants, fired by nuclear and coal. Perry said those policies potentially put at risk the reliability and security of the national power grid."

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters August 14, 2017.

Source: Reuters, 08/15/2017