A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Public Utility Commission of Texas Chair Donna Nelson has asked commission staff to study whether wind power generators should pick up some transmission costs now borne mostly by consumers and make proposals before the state Legislature convenes next year, the Houston Chronicle reports.
- “Cheap, abundant and widely distributed coal reserves will remain an essential component of the global energy mix for the next 50 years. The challenge is to burn coal more cleanly, producing more electricity with fewer emissions of CO2,” writes Reuters in an examination of current technologies that could re-engineer the coal power industry.
- U.S. House Republicans introduced a funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency that would block the agency from using any of its funds to work on proposed rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Reuters reports the provision has little chance of becoming law, but could stall passage of normal spending bills.
- White House defense adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall has been nominated to be deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, The Hill reports.