A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Public Utility Commission ruled Friday that plans can move forward on a new transmission line into the Houston area, Fuel Fix says, after denying a complaint from two area power generators that the project was unnecessary and wasteful. The PUC added it will give more scrutiny to the way Electric Reliability Council of Texas evaluates such projects.
- Energy infrastructure upgrades in West Texas, along with falling costs, may benefit a growing solar industry, and ERCOT is seeing more utility scale solar plants being considered. From the Midland Reporter-Telegram article:
“While not all of those projects will actually get built, I think it’s fair to say that there will be growth beyond the less than 200 (megawatts) of solar that we currently have in the ERCOT region,” ERCOT spokesperson Robbie Searcy said.
- Sen. Mitch McConnell pledged Friday to use spending bills to limit funding of the Environmental Protection Agency, which has proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions, USA Today reports.