POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Jan. 8, 2015

EPA delays carbon rule for power plants until summer; Nation's grid operators still fearful of rules' impacts


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • “The Environmental Protection Agency will issue a trio of climate-change regulations this summer and begin writing a federal plan to impose rules on states that don’t adopt their own,” The Wall Street Journal writes. Rules governing carbon emissions at new, modified and existing power plants will be issued at the same time, perhaps to limit challenges in court and Congress.
  • The Wall Street Journal also reports that grid operators across the country say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will weaken the power grid and could lead to blackouts, fearing coal-fired plants will shut down before enough replacements are built. From the article:

    “Philip Moeller, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, says there may not be enough natural-gas pipeline capacity to move the fuel to all the new gas-burning power plants that will be needed in the future. Furthermore, it is unclear who will pay for building new electric plants and natural-gas pipelines.”

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