Power Breakfast for July 21, 2014

Germany's renewables debate; nuclear radiation emissions; EPA defends GHG rules


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

  • A new report says renewable energy subsidies in Germany have cost the country more than $412 billion with the potential to reach $884 billion by 2022 and raised electricity rates for residential customers. Forbes reports that other experts argue Germany’s “feed-in-tariffs” make renewables cheap and contribute to the country’s lowest prices for solar arrays in the world.
  • The EPA is collecting comments on potential revisions to the methods used in limiting radiation emissions from nuclear facilities. From the Forbes article:

    “Both proponents and opponents of nuclear power expect the Environmental Protection Agency in coming months to relax its rules restricting radiation emissions from reactors and other nuclear facilities. EPA officials say they have no such intention, but they are willing to reconsider the method they use to limit public exposure-and the public’s level of risk.”

  • On Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to appear before the Environment and Public Works Committee to defend the agency’s plans to impose new limits on power plant emissions, The Hill reports.
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