POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Oct. 20, 2014

Houston Import Project ruling due; Natural gas incentives eyed for debate; Nuclear fusion innovation questioned


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • The Public Utilities Commission of Texas could rule on the proposed electric transmission line from east of Waco into northwest Harris County on Nov. 14, the Houston Chronicle says. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas endorsed the Houston Import Project it says is needed to support reliability in the region by 2018.
  • The Texas State Comptroller’s Office is due to release a report that may spark debate about tax breaks for natural gas producers, according to The Texas Tribune. Comptroller Susan Combs kindled controversy last month when she called for an end to tax incentives for the wind energy industry.
  • Forbes isn’t buying Lockheed Martin’s announcement that a nuclear fusion reactor – which could produce 10 times more energy than current fission reactors – will be a reality in three years, calling the proposed approach with “superconducting magnets operating without any significant neutron or radiation shielding” implausible.
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