A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday rejected parts of Texas’ regional plan to reduce haze; the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says the EPA’s proposed alternative would be costly for utilities and consumers and “could have consequential impacts on the state’s power grid,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
- A group of utilities from Minnesota to Texas have petitioned federal regulators to force BNSF Railway to speed up coal deliveries before arctic weather hits, The Wall Street Journal reports. The railway says it’s fixing delivery problems while trying to meet growing demand from grain and oil.
- Republican members of Congress want federal and state energy regulators to examine reliability issues in the EPA’s climate rule for power plants. From an article in The Hill:
“The requests follow a major criticism Republicans have lodged on the EPA for its climate rule. They say the rule would necessarily shut down so many coal-fired power plants it could cause power blackouts in some areas. Meanwhile, they say EPA officials did not properly consult with FERC to determine the impacts on reliability, one of FERC’s main missions.”