The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are in talks over the creation of a “national clean power plan” to meet the nation’s electricity needs.
The proposed plan is being spearheaded by the EPA and would require that 50 percent of the nation have at least 40 percent of their power produced from renewable sources.
The plan, which was released Monday, would create a national grid that could be linked to other grids across the country to reduce dependence on nuclear power.
However, many experts have criticized the plan, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who said the plan would cause widespread disruption in the electric grid.
“The federal government should never, ever create a new grid, but when we are talking about how we are going to solve our energy needs, it seems the EPA is leading the way,” said Schneiderman.
In January, the White House called on Congress to enact a national clean power strategy.
“This is our future,” said White House Chief of Staff, Jared Kushner.
“We need to have a national plan that makes sense.
And when we do that, we’re going to make this country energy independent and affordable, which will lead to more jobs, more growth, more prosperity and the health of our nation.” “
The goal of this plan is to make sure that all of our electrical generation comes from renewable energy sources.
And when we do that, we’re going to make this country energy independent and affordable, which will lead to more jobs, more growth, more prosperity and the health of our nation.”
President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have previously said that the nation needs a plan that is sustainable.
President Trump, who has promised to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan, also announced that he is moving ahead with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Kushner’s remarks, along with Schneiderman’s remarks about the EPA plan, come amid mounting concerns about the lack of a national energy plan.
Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that the EPA was still working out details on a nationwide energy plan that would allow states to make their own rules for building and operating coal-fired power plants.
With a new round of funding, the EPA announced last week that it was funding a $400 million, three-year, $500 million initiative to build a nationwide clean power system.