POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Dec. 15, 2014

Americans spend energy savings on more energy; SMU expert says EPA regulations could impair grid, raise prices; PUCT files reserve margin analysis


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Despite efforts to reduce energy consumption, Americans are offsetting energy savings by using more energy, The Wall Street Journal reports. With bigger homes and more electronic devices than ever, experts say it’s surprising average residential energy use has stayed the same.
  • “The current “trifecta” of proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to fight climate change and improve air quality will hasten coal’s demise, especially its use for electric power generation. The result could be impaired grid reliability and higher electricity prices with negligible environmental benefits,” Bernard Weinstein of the Maguire Energy Institute writes in the Houston Chronicle.
  • The Public Utility Commission of Texas filed a reserve margin analysis and proposed a series of questions for stakeholder comment as part of a review of reliability standards in the ERCOT region, Energy Choice Matters reports. A workshop is expected this spring.
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