POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Dec. 8, 2014

What a GOP Senate means for nuclear power; States urged to resist Clean Power Plan; Smart meters slow to save


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • A Republican Senate will be more supportive of nuclear power and will make headway on passing a comprehensive energy bill and reforming nuclear waste programs, but the industry may not see a change in the economics that make it unprofitable to build new plants, experts tell The Hill.
  • “A coalition of conservative groups are pressing states to “fiercely resist” the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution rule on existing power plants,” The Hill writes.  State legislators, attorneys general and governors received the letter, which says the rule is “almost certain to be overturned” by a federal court.
  • The power savings of smart meters are slow to materialize due to customers and public service commissions not embracing the behavior changes without automating technology, The New York Times reports, while pointing out other, smaller benefits.
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