The Hill – The Department of Energy (DOE) is touting a new study as proof that coal use is key in order to keep houses lit and offices warm during major storm events.
An analysis from DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory found that coal energy was the biggest asset to a reliable energy grid during the "bomb cyclone" that hit a number of East Coast states between December and January.
During the two-week cold snap that affected cities from the Midwest to New England, coal was the top energy provider, the study found.
A statement from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy sent Tuesday said the findings indicate "that continued retirement of fossil fuel power plants could have an adverse impact on the nation’s ability to meet power generation needs during future severe weather events."
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