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Ben Geman Apr 5
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Trump to examine power company's plea for Energy Department aid

A coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania
A coal-fired power plant in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images

President Trump appeared to signal Thursday that he'll soon examine a plea by the financially struggling power company, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., for the Energy Department (DOE) to support the operation of its coal-fired and nuclear plants.

Why it matters: Trump's remarks in West Virginia lacked detail, but nonetheless show that the controversial request for DOE to make sweeping use of its emergency powers has landed on the White House's radar screen.