Power Breakfast for Aug. 18, 2014

Long-term gas; Friendlier solar cities; EPA finalizes water intake rules


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

  • Natural gas-powered generation will dominate electricity growth in Texas over the next 25 years while coal-fired generation will remain virtually flat through 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. From the Fuel Fix article:

    “Natural gas-fueled electricity will begin become significantly more common than coal generation after 2016, as cheap sources of gas from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shales, coupled with the relatively high cost of building new coal plants, make gas a more attractive option. … In 2015, the EIA projects, natural gas-powered electricity generation is expected to dip slightly as prices for the fuel rise.”

  • The North Central Texas Council of Government is calling on cities to craft more solar-friendly regulations, despite a state law that gives housing developers the option to prohibit or allow solar arrays, the Dallas Morning News reports.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rule requiring electric utilities to make regional transmission plans and account for renewable energy integration was upheld Friday by a federal appeals court, The Hill reports.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency published finalized rules on Thursday protecting fish around cooling water intakes at large factories and power plants, Environmental Leader writes.
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