POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 16, 2015

Transmission line debate heats up; Texas energy use on the increase; World energy use also rises, without an increase in carbon emissions


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Electric use increased 2.5 percent in 2014 compared with 2013 primarily due to extremely cold winter months early in the year while peak summer demand decreased about 1 percent, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
  • ERCOT also says transmission lines flowing from North Texas to Houston are being overloaded and “will cause significant reliability issues.” The Dallas Morning News reports two companies filed an appeal last week to block a project to build a 130-mile long transmission line from an electrical substation east of Waco to another substation on the outskirts of Houston.
  • The world economy grew in 2014 but carbon emissions didn’t, for the first time in 40 years, The Washington Post reports. Among the factors: China shifting to more renewable energy, increased home energy efficiency, more efficient vehicles and the natural gas boom in the U.S., which is fueling more electricity generation.
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