Power Breakfast for July 28, 2014

EPA public hearings start; Ceres report; Austin studies climate change impact


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

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearings on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants start this week in four cities. Bloomberg reports supporters and have already been submitted and more than 1,600 people are scheduled to speak at the hearings this week.
  • A new report from advocacy group Ceres finds that many electric utilities are deploying clean energy and energy efficiency programs, Renew Grid reports.
  • Austin has become one of the first cities to apply global climate projects specifically to the city to understand how projected hotter temperatures could affect infrastructure. From the New York Times article:

    “The study, which was done by the scientific research and consulting firm Atmos, also found that while Austin would probably experience longer dry spells and receive less rain over all, it would be hit more frequently with “extreme precipitation” events that could lead to widespread flooding. City departments recently asked the City Council for more than $650,000 for detailed assessments of how climate change could affect Austin’s infrastructure, from its water reservoirs and power plants to its parks.”

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