Power Breakfast for July 8, 2014

CSAPR questioned; power mix forecast; gas, renewables expansion in ERCOT

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

  • Several utilities and labor groups say they will ask a court to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule next year. From the Argus Media article:

    “EPA cannot change the compliance deadlines for the cross-state rule without first going through a formal notice and public comment process, the utilities and labor groups said, indicating they will oppose a motion the agency filed last month asking the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to lift its stay of the rule.”

  • The EPA refutes reports that a climate plan drafted by three leaders within the Natural Resources Defense Council “heavily influenced the president’s proposal” to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, The Hill reports.
  • A study of U.S. power generation projects the electricity sector in 2040 won’t look radically different from today. From Bloomberg’s report on the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies research:

    “Coal isn’t surrendering so fast, renewables won’t clean up the planet by themselves and, if the U.S. can ever put a price on carbon, the most politically tolerable level (here, $10 per metric ton of carbon dioxide) won’t do the trick. That’s just enough change to keep everybody in the game and nobody happy.”

  • A Texas Clean Energy Coalition study concludes natural gas and renewable energy will make up the majority of portfolio expansions in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas system in the next 20 years, Energy Intelligence Group reports.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout triggered by a failed maintenance procedure that left 2.7 million homes and business in without power for up to 12 hours, the Associated Press reports.
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