A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Supporters of demand response – when customers who reduce their power use when demand strains the grid – say the approach can improve grid reliability and market competitiveness for consumers and should be expanded in Texas. From the Houston Chronicle article:
“While demand response exists in Texas, the [Advanced Energy Management Alliance] says, it’s underused. It cites a 2012 study by the Brattle Group that said demand response shaves about 4 percent of power demand from the Texas grid during peak periods, but it has the potential to reduce 8 percent to 15 percent of demand.”
- “While everyone agrees we must be good stewards of our environment, any federal environmental directives should address three minimum requirements before requiring state compliance: economic burden on citizens; demonstrable environmental impact; and constitutional review,” Mike Hasson writes in the Waco Tribune Herald of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. “The EPA’s regulation fails all three of these measures, and Texas lawmakers should oppose its implementation.”
- The Government Accountability Office report refutes claims that the EPA colluded with environmental groups in issuing some of its most controversial regulations, The Hill reports.