Power Breakfast for June 18, 2014

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

  • A nuclear weapons plant in the Texas panhandle opened the federal government’s largest wind farm Tuesday. The Amarillo Globe News reports wind is expected to generate more than 60 percent of the Pantex Plant’s yearly energy needs.
  • Concerns about the reliability of the nation’s power grid are accelerating sales of microgrids to homeowners, government agencies and businesses. From the Los Angeles Times:

    “Interest in microgrids has soared as America’s aging infrastructure has fallen behind a rising population that is increasingly hooked on digital gadgets, experts said.”

  • EPA chief Gina McCarthy is calling on the faith community, moms, entrepreneurs and diversity groups to lend support for the agency’s proposed carbon emissions regulations, Forbes reports.
  • Better technology and competition from other power sources has reduced the number of coal mining jobs, rather than environmental regulation, Bloomberg says. Some opponents of the EPA’s proposed carbon emissions regulations say a loss of coal-related jobs could also impact other industrial sectors.
  • A Senate committee is scheduled to vote today on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman nominee Norman Bay. Bloomberg reports an arrangement is being discussed to require Bay to serve time as a commission member first with acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur to remain in the post temporarily.
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