POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Jan. 12, 2015

ERCOT CEO on Texas power priorities; EPA rules packaging could thwart court challenges; Solar plus batteries unlikely to spur mass grid defection


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency to allow adequate time for implementation of the Clean Power Plan, and increasing demand response and distributed generation are priorities this year for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, CEO Trip Doggett told the Houston Chronicle. From the interview:

    “We’re part of an industry group of our peers that has filed a number of papers with EPA talking about what we call the “reliability safety valve” – a tool that would allow us to say, “Wait a minute, if you make that an effective date, we don’t believe we can get replacement generation in place or additional transmission built, to reliably serve the load.” Time is the big thing we’ve been asking EPA to consider.”

  • The EPA’s decision last week to package three carbon emissions rules together could make it difficult for opponents to challenge any of the rules in court, NPR reports.
  • The risk of utility customers defecting from the electric power grid in favor of solar power plus batteries is negligible and will almost certainly remain negligible for the foreseeable future, Forbes reports. Analysis by Moody’s Investor Services concludes the size of the battery system consumers would need is far bigger than commonly believed.
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