POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Dec. 17, 2014

ERCOT reports on impact of federal environmental proposals; EPA expected to decide on coal ash status; the year's top trends in home energy


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Tuesday released a report “predicting that up to half of the state’s coal-fired generation might be shuttered and ratepayers could pay 20 percent higher prices by 2020” because of federal environmental proposals, the Austin American-Statesmen writes. Environmental groups dismissed the findings saying they don’t include new technologies in producing, storing and saving power.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to decide this week that coal ash will continue to be labeled a solid waste, meaning the material can still be recycled into secondary products, Forbes reports, but industry experts are closely watching details of any new guidance on disposal standards.
  • Five trends in home energy emerged in 2014, Greentech Media says, including a move toward a more seamless ecosystem of connected devices, creative bundling of services and storage of solar power.
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