POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 12, 2015

PUC reviews Power To Choose suggestions; Advanced energy big business in Texas; EPA warns states it will enforce carbon rule; White House sets wind power goal


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • New ways to search for full net metering and real green energy plans and better display of average prices are among the suggestions to improve the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ Power to Choose website, The Dallas Morning News reports, but it’s not clear if or when the agency will implement any changes.
  • The advanced energy market in Texas is estimated at $16 billion in revenue, according to a new report, with growth taking off in wind and solar energy, natural gas electricity generation, and energy efficiency measures that save money for building owners and manufacturers.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy warned states Wednesday that the agency “will enforce regulations to slash carbon emissions from power plants even if states choose not to cooperate,” Reuters writes, adding that the Clean Power Plan will be finalized mid-summer. A dozen states have sued the EPA and a federal appeals court will hear the case April 16.
  • A new report by the Obama administration sets a goal for wind power to supply 35 percent of the country’s electricity by 2050, USA Today says, a significant increase from 4.5 percent of electricity today.
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