POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 10, 2015

PUC chair calls EPA plan a carbon tax; Proposed bills streamline TCEQ permit process, require REPs to verify consumer protection

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is really a carbon tax, according to the chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. From the Texas Lawyer’s report on Donna Nelson’s comments at a Texas law school event:
    “Nelson said that instead of having economic dispatch within ERCOT, the Clean Power Plan would require environmental dispatch, where resources are dispatched based on a mandate from the EPA. “Switching ERCOT’s emphasis from economic to environmental is the same as a carbon tax,” Nelson said.”
  • A new program aims to make solar energy more affordable and more competitive with other forms of electricity, giving Texans who produce excess solar power at their homes full credit for it, The Dallas Business Journal writes.
  • The Austin American-Statesman says two new proposed bills designed to streamline the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s industrial permit process “would raise the bar for citizens to win standing to fight proposed industrial permits making their way through state agencies.”
  • Another new bill would require retail electric providers to verify a broker or agent complied with consumer protection rules prior to paying a commission, Retail Energy X reports.
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