A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- One new coal plant in Texas accounted for more than half of the increase in U.S. coal capacity last year, according to Fuel Fix. Natural gas accounted for more than 50 percent the nation’s new generating capacity, followed by solar (22 percent, coal (11 percent) and wind (8 percent).
- New technologies in power storage will influence customers to take control of their own energy future and could mean a “death spiral” for utilities as customers use less power from the grid, a panel of industry experts concluded yesterday. From the Platts report:
“Storing electricity “is at the heart of the changes being seen” among new technologies, because it enables a customer to use intermittent renewable resources combined with storage to be completely separated from the utility grid or self-sufficient to a large extent.”
- Bloomberg previews an upcoming report from the United Nations that is expected to name greenhouse gas emissions from transportation as the fastest emerging threat to climate change. Demand for cars in growing nations, along with the rise in consumer goods that must be delivered around the world, will make cutting back on transportation emissions difficult and may outweigh any mitigation measures, the article says.