POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for April 23, 2015

Abbott challenges regional haze proposal; Legislators closer to eliminating wind incentives; White House calls for modernized power grid

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • “The EPA’s latest attempt to infringe on Texas’ state sovereignty is yet another example of an overreaching federal government run amok,” Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed regional haze rule. “The EPA’s proposed action is unlawful on multiple fronts, and perhaps most egregiously it would impose a $2 billion burden in compliance costs and threaten the reliability of Texas’ energy grid – without any discernable benefits.”
  • The Texas Senate has approved legislation that would end the state’s incentives designed to accelerate expansion of wind power. Power Magazine reports if both the Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone program are eliminated, generators would no longer be required participate in a renewable energy credit trading program.
  • A White House analysis of the nation’s power grid finds that while dramatic changes are happening with regard to energy sources, there is a lack of investment in modernizing infrastructure, and addressing the issue will require coordination with state, local, tribal and international jurisdictions, Electric Light & Power reports.
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