POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Feb. 16, 2015

Texas CREZ questioned; Environmental rules get attention in D.C.; Politics of solar's southern growth


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • “As wind power continues to boom across the plains of West Texas and the Panhandle, the [transmission] system – named CREZ, or Competitive Renewable Energy Zones – could soon be nearing capacity again,” The Dallas Morning News reports. While developers look to take advantage of federal tax credits for wind farms that expire soon, some state politicians are considering amendments that would cause wind farms to bear a larger cost of new transmission lines.
  • Two environmental rules are among the three most attention-getting rules in Washington since the mid-term election. According to a Bloomberg analysis, the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon emission rule has received nearly 32,000 comments, topped only by the Federal Communication Commissions’ Open Internet/Net Neutrality rule.
  • Politics matters as much as physics in the growth of solar in many conservative states, The Washington Post says, including Texas where solar jobs grew by 68 percent in one year.
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