The Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, issued a memorandum on April 14, 2017 directing preparation of a study that examines whether recent problems associated with baseload power plants may be putting the nations’s energy security and reliability at risk.
It was to be a 3 month study. A June 26, 2017 draft was leaked and posted to the internet. The leaked draft report is provided below. It is long detailed technical analysis.
Many fear that the report would try to blame the government subsidies for alternative energy sources, including wind and solar, for the decline in the coal use. The study clearly points out that fossil fuel and nuclear plants also benefit from government subsidies.
Oil is generally not used as a fuel for power plants. The main fuels are natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, solar and wind power, with the latter 3 considered renewables.
What will be interesting, is whether the Secretary will accept the findings of his Department, or attempt to reformulate the report. It is due to be released next week, so we will know for sure, if the official study is much different from this draft.