FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune:Energy Secretary Rick Perry claims his plan to further subsidize the failing coal and nuclear power industries is crucial to improving the electrical power grid.The grid itself disagrees.PJM Interconnection, which operates the massive power grid covering 13 states, including Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, has told the Department of Energy that the subsidy plan is “unworkable.”Perry wants to require utilities to compensate power generators that maintain 90-day stockpiles of coal or nuclear fuel, ostensibly to shore up the grid during protracted periods of cold or hot weather. It is a transparent payback to those industries for their political support last year of President Donald Trump.Power generation isn’t the issue regarding the grid. More than 40 new gas-fueled power plants are planned or under construction in Pennsylvania alone. The supposedly free-market administration would skew the market in favor of coal by regulation.According to PJM, doing so would drive up power costs throughout its region. And a large bipartisan group of former commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the ultimate grid regulator, told the DOE that the plan would not only increase power prices but dry up investment in new, cleaner, more efficient power plants.The plan isn’t about shoring up the grid. It’s about shoring up Trump’s political base. The DOE should abandon it.Perry refuted Editorial: The Trump Administration’s Fake Grid-Resiliency Plan
By Bill GritMAYETTA, Kan. (May 3) – Cory Wray made his debut at Thunder Hill Speedway a memorable one Saturday night, as he used his front row outside starting position for all it was worth to win theBSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified main event.Defending champion Tom Charles started middle of the field while Allen Halderman started deep in the field in the 10th row inside. A caution restacked the field, where Wray used that same line to his advantage and again commanded the lead. When the checkered flag flew it was Wray standing in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane with Justin Becker, Charles, Mat Stallbaumer and Halderman finishing out the top five. Twenty-five Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods took the green flag. The father and son duo of Rick Dreasher and Curtis Dreasher proved to be a force to be reckoned with, as they raced nose to tail throughout the entire race.A couple cautions bunch the field back together as Curtis Dreasher tried to outrace his father into first place. Rick Dreasher got the win and in his post-race interview stated he had fuel pressure problems and probably couldn’t have held on another lap. Brian LaBonte was the winner in a Heinen Repair Service IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature that saw Greg Deters unscathed after getting his ride on its side on the front straightaway. Patrick Thyfault bested fifth row starting Garret Hager in the race to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers. Dan Canady topped the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact main.