POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Sept. 17, 2014

EPA extends climate plan comment period; NRC commissioners confirmed; EV, appliances becoming more efficient

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period on proposed power plant carbon emissions regulations by 45 days to Dec. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • The Senate confirmed Jeff Baran and Steve Burns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, according to The Hill. Commissioners advise the president on nuclear policy and regulate nuclear reactors and material within the United States.

  • Electric vehicles are now responsible for fewer emissions per mile than most hybrids in 60 percent of the U.S. and are now equivalent to a gasoline-engine car achieving 43 miles per gallon, a recent study concludes. The New York Times reports EV technology has become more efficient and more electricity used to charge EVs is generated from renewable energy sources.
  • Energy savings from products with new Department of Energy efficiency standards will be $150 billion by 2030, says The Washington Post. From the article:

    “Overall, it is projected the federal appliance program will reduce carbon emissions by 600 million metric tons during the next 16 years, an increase from the 383 million metric tons before adoption of the new standards for the 20 appliances were instituted” in 2010.

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