A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Donna Nelson of the Texas Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will lead to significant coal plant retirements and doesn’t credit the state for huge investments in wind energy over the past decade, Midwest Energy News reports from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final regional hearing on the plan in St. Louis. From the report:
“The changes in power plant fleets that will be required by U.S. EPA’s Clean Power plan are too much, too fast, and threaten electric affordability and reliability, a group of utilities and state regulators from up and down the nation’s central corridor said here Tuesday.”
- The North American Electric Reliability Corp. chief says new greenhouse gas rules could cause 60 GW of generation capacity to be retired, which could create power shortages in much of the U.S., Platts reports from the Gulf Coast Power Association conference in Houston.
- President Obama committed the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2025, Forbes reports, but Republicans call the plans unlikely given ongoing debate around the administration’s clean power plans.
- A group of senators has challenged the EPA to explain whether the climate change models it uses for its regulations have correctly predicted various climate events, The Hill writes. The EPA says it stands by its science and will respond to the specific questions.