FirstEnergy has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to declare an emergency that would secure higher prices for its money-losing coal and nuclear power plants, claiming that their closure would destabilize the power grids they serve. But the request faces an uphill battle. A similar request from Murray Energy, the coal company that serves FirstEnergy’s fleet of power plants, was denied by the Trump administration last year. Despite reports that DOE might be planning a bailout for FirstEnergy, the head of DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability told reporters in February that neither he nor Energy Secretary Rick Perry would consider using the agency’s powers to support uneconomic power plants. FirstEnergy’s long-expected request comes as it faces the imminent threat of bankruptcy for its power plant subsidiary, which operates six coal and three nuclear power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as gas and oil, hydro and wind resources.
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A Department of Energy office has launched an independent investigation into the spread of radioactive contamination at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. The investigation is being conducted by the enforcement section of the DOE Office of Enterprise Assessments, which directly reports to the Energy Secretary’s office and is independent of DOE officials responsible for environmental cleanup at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
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