Power Breakfast for May 19, 2014

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

  • FERC Commissioner John Norris reiterated nuclear power as a critical contributor to the nation’s long-term energy needs. From the Forbes report:

“Commissioner Norris has pursued the underlying reasons for why the present energy market structure seems to be stacked against nuclear’s consistent delivery of low-priced low-carbon electricity, night and day. The conventional wisdom that negative pricing and real-time energy market impacts conspire to hurt nuclear does not impress Norris, and he thinks it is not as important as the additional supply of new wind and low cost gas in reducing revenues for the nuclear fleet.”

  • Electric utilities hope to convince the White House that cuts in carbon emissions already achieved should count toward the president’s greenhouse-gas goals, Bloomberg reports, while coal industry officials remain opposed to the rules.
  • Many utilities are reusing old power plant sites to build modern, more efficient plants, Power Engineering notes, and taking extensive steps to minimize disruption to the surrounding communities.
  • Energy from renewable sources increased by 12 percent last year in Texas, the Dallas Morning News reports. Wind supplied the vast majority of the 38 million megawatt-hours of renewable power generated last year, solar power saw the largest percentage gain and hydropower output fell.
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