POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Oct. 15, 2014

Coal power plant conversions eye natural gas; Population growth, smart meters may drive more PUCT complaints


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Of the 12,000 megawatts of coal-fired power capacity planned to be converted to alternative fuel sources by 2023, 96 percent will convert to natural gas-fired generation, finds an analysis by SNL Financial.
  • The Public Utility Commission of Texas has seen a slight increase in complaints about electric providers this year, but says the numbers continue to remain far below the average following deregulation, The Texas Tribune reports. From the article:

    “John Fainter, president and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, said he didn’t read much into the latest totals, which could be driven by Texas’ rapid growth. …  Terry Hadley, a spokesman for the PUC, said complaints tend to surge when the commission introduces new rules or equipment. For instance, the commission has seen more complaints about meters during its rollout of “smart” meters – high-tech devices that help utilities track energy use and to respond faster to outages.”

 

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