A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Public Utility Commission of Texas has scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing in the debate over a proposed transmission line to Houston to meet increasing power demand in the region, the Houston Chronicle reports. Critics say the proposal is expensive, unnecessary and that power plants can be built to serve the area before the transmission lines are built.
- The country’s first new nuclear reactor this century is on track to come online late next year in Tennessee, Forbes says. Construction was halted in 1988 because of low electricity demand in the economic recession; new carbon emissions rules and increased power demand revived the project.
- A Texas congressman criticized the Obama administration’s climate initiative as having a negligible expected impact on global climate change while hurting the economy in states dependent on coal power, Greenwich Time reports, while top officials called the plan an important first step.
- Two recent solar power studies have found declines in the price of rooftop and larger utility-scale solar projects for the fourth consecutive year, Phys Org reports. From the article:
““The price of electricity sold to utilities under long term contracts from large-scale solar power projects has fallen by more than 70% since 2008, to just $50/MWh on average within a sample of contracts signed in 2013 or 2014 and concentrated among projects located in the southwestern United States,” explains Mark Bolinger of Berkeley Lab, one of the report’s authors.”