POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 18, 2015

State lawmaker proposes end to renewable energy requirement; Health benefits of ozone rule questioned; Clean Air Act conflicts with Clean Power Plan, experts say


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has proposed to end the state’s renewable portfolio standard. From the Austin American-Statesman article:

    “”We have done what we intended to accomplish,” said Fraser, whose bill also ends the special process of building transmission lines to deliver power from far-flung wind farms to the state’s cities.”

  • Members of the House Science Committee questioned whether the Enviornmental Protectoin Agency’s proposal to lower ozone concentration levels would improve respiratory health. From The Hill’s report:

    “There is no concrete evidence to support a lower standard for ozone before we have even complied with the last standard,” said Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas). “If anything, more research needs to be done,” he added, while accusing the EPA of using “a very limited set of studies.”

  • The Hill also reports legal experts testified Tuesday that a House amendment to a section of the Clean Air Act prohibits the EPA and its proposed Clean Power Plan from regulating sources of pollutants that are already regulated by another section of the act.
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