A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Construction is underway on a new power line in South Texas that will improve local service while also easing congestion on the state power grid, the Associated Press reports. The new line is scheduled for completion by 2016.
- As many U.S. utilities look to spur adoption of electric vehicles, some companies’ tactics are prompting complaints from critics. The Wall Street Journal also reports that consumers have been reluctant to purchase EVs due to their higher price, limited range and lack of plentiful charging stations.
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to decide by December whether to propose lowering the acceptable ozone standard to between 60 and 70 parts per billion from the current 75 parts per billion, according to The Hill.
- The Public Utility Commission of Texas has approved the trade names NRG Home and NRG Business for Reliant Energy, which recently reorganized business lines, Energy Choice Matters reports.