The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee voted down a proposal from the Department of Energy offering financial support for power plants that keep a 90-day supply of fuel stock on site (basically coal and nuclear plants). The FERC said the cost to consumers far outweighed any possible grid security benefit of the measure.
It would provide direct access to overseas markets. With a new administration in place, the project could be revived.
The federal agency has been hamstrung by slow appointments to key positions.