Those plants are having trouble competing with cheaper natural gas and renewable energy at a time when the country is using less electricity.
The Energy Department study points out that Coal and nuclear generate power whenever it's needed, while solar and wind can be less predictable.
Segal says renewable forms of electricity got a lot of focus during the Obama administration, but now he thinks it's time for the pendulum to swing back.
"Coal and nuclear interests are making a last-ditch attempt to try and preserve their market share, that is being taken up by fast-growing, clean, reliable, affordable resources like wind and solar," he says.
Kresowik and other renewable energy advocates believe the Trump administration is laying the groundwork to justify subsidies for coal and nuclear power plants.
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