A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Public Utility Commission of Texas denied a petition to overturn its rule giving small electricity generators “an absolute defense against allegations of market power abuse,” the Texas Tribune reports.
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission member George Apostolakis will leave the agency at the end of June after the White House opted not to renominate him for a second term. According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House has not yet announced nominees to replace Apostolakis or another commissioner, William Magwood IV, who is set to leave by late summer.
- Current and former Environmental Protection Agency leaders are in favor of increasing the use of nuclear energy, but economic pressures, including cheap natural gas, make it difficult for smaller nuclear plants to compete, Forbes reports.
- The U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote Monday on a resolution that calls on cities to use nature to reduce the impacts of climate change. The Associated Press reports the resolution “encourages cities to use natural solutions to “protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation’s coastlines, maintain a healthy tree cover and protect air quality,” sometimes by partnering with nonprofit organizations.”