A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- “Yes, natural gas is great. I think it’s going to be more dominant in the future. But right now we need everything we’ve got in the electricity market.” So says Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter Thursday in an interview with The Texas Tribune. Porter is taking a lead role in promoting new uses for natural gas, but says crowding out coal under the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is not reason enough to support the plan.
- Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk is making the case that Texas and other states need more nuclear power in order to diversify sources of electrical power generation, the Dallas Business Journal writes. Kirk is new co-chairman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition.
- A bill that would limit minimum-use fees charged to Texas electricity customers drew much debate in Austin Wednesday, Fuel Fix reports. Supporters say the fees discourage conservation while industry counters the clearly disclosed fees are needed to recoup fixed costs associated with each customer, and that the bill would eliminate options for customers.
- The Senate passed an amendment Thursday that blocks the Obama administration from withholding highway funds if a state doesn’t submit an implementation plan for a proposed EPA regulation, The Hill says.