Power Breakfast for June 4, 2014

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

  • The head of the Public Utility Commission of Teas says she wants to rethink the state’s wind power subsidy. The Austin American-Statesman says Donna Nelson wants subsidies curbed and wind developers to pay for upgrades to improve the ability of the grid to bring wind power to market.
  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he plans to fight the EPA’s new regulations on coal-fired power plants and the threat he says is poses to Texas jobs, even taking the battle to court, if necessary, the Associated Press reports. From the article:

    “State officials say they will need to evaluate the effects on consumers and the state’s ability to meet demand. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Public Utility Commission and the Railroad Commission of Texas are reviewing the proposal and will provide comments to the EPA. Texas environmental officials say they are concerned the EPA is using the Clean Air Act and not congressional action to regulate carbon emissions. The TCEQ said in a statement it wanted to balance environmental protection “with a regulatory environment that is fair and predictable.””

  • The New York Times examines the “seesaw” effect on carbon emissions when substituting natural gas for coal power. From the article:

    “If all the increase in gas-fired generation replaced coal, then the switch produced savings of 113.1 million tons of carbon a year. But natural gas is starting to replace nuclear power, which can be seen as wiping out about 10 percent of the savings, because a reactor has a carbon footprint of nearly zero.”

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