President Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday ordered a study be made to look into the impact of subsidies to so-called “green energy” such as solar and wind power to more reliable sources of power such as natural gas and coal.
Perry, the Republican former Texas governor, wants his department to have a 60-day review of the energy grid to find out if green energy subsidies are hurting the country’s reliable forms of energy.
The review also aims to determine if the premature retirement of baseload power plants was due to tax policies, subsidies and regulatory burdens made during the previous administration.
The grid study comes following Perry’s discussions with his international counterparts at the G-7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Rome. He said that the U.S. “should take heed of the policy choices our allies have made and take stock of their consequences.”
Germany and Australia’s shift toward green energy have resulted to damage to their grids, which led to higher power prices.
The Daily Caller reports:
Perry’s study comes on the heels of Trump’s recent moves to roll back a slew of Obama-era climate rules, including regulations dramatically lowering the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The president is also expected to render a verdict in May on the fate of the Paris climate summit agreement, a deal nearly 200 countries signed to address climate change.