Reliability Safety Valve

On April 14, 2017, the Department of Energy quietly issued an emergency order under Federal Power Act § 202(c) to keep open a power plant slated for shutdown under EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). While DOE has issued FPA § 202(c) emergency orders in the past, this marks the first time that DOE has used such authority to address electric reliability concerns arising from MATS implementation. In doing so, DOE effectively inaugurated the so-called Reliability Safety Valve that was heavily discussed during MATS’ consideration nearly six years ago.
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