Power Breakfast for March 27, 2014

A nearly daily round-up of stories for your consideration:

  • NRG Energy’s CEO published a manifesto in Greentech Media calling for the development of the “Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google” of the American energy industry, and his plan to move NRG toward that vision. From the piece:

    “There is no energy company that relates to the American energy consumer by offering a comprehensive or seamless solution to the individual’s energy needs. There is no energy company that connects the consumer with their own energy-generating potential. There is no energy company that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices. There is no energy company that empowers the individual wherever they are, whatever they are doing, for however long they are doing it. And there is no energy company that the consumer can partner with to combat global warming without compromising the prosperous “plugged-in” modern lifestyle that we all aspire to.”

  • In an effort to speed up industrial expansion, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has voted to take over issuing greenhouse gas permits for industries from the EPA, The Dallas Morning News reports.
  • Federal regulators are “sufficiently alarmed” at the threat of disruption to the nation’s power system as reliance on natural gas increases that they have ordered the gas and electricity industries to coordinate more closely, Reuters says. The move is designed to ensure power stations receive a steady flow of gas to operate when the electricity grid comes under pressure due to extreme weather and other unexpected events.
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