Power Breakfast for July 2, 2014

Wyoming keeps coal mining; California water worries utilities; economist weighs EPA rule


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

  • Political leaders in Wyoming are vowing to keep mining coal, if not for electricity generation in the U.S. then for export overseas. From the New York Times article:

    “[Wyoming Gov. Matt] Mead has continued to push for the construction of northwestern coal terminals so that Wyoming coal can be shipped to Asian markets, although the proposals face resistance from some cities and activists who don’t want coal trains running through their communities. “This battle and fight is far from over in my view,” said Mr. Mead, a Republican. “We will be very aggressive in defending what we think is good for Wyoming and what is good for the country.””

  • California agencies are warning that water cuts pose a threat to power plants getting enough water to avoid grid failures, Bloomberg reports. The California ISO has estimated that as 1,150 megawatts of generation is at risk due to water curtailments.
  • An energy economist says the EPA’s proposed carbon rule will work like a tax on coal and subsidy on natural gas with advantages and disadvantages, Forbes explains.
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