POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for May 13, 2015

U.S. generating capacity slowing; State coordination for Clean Power Plan compliance encouraged; Bill creates national renewable energy standard

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • “The United States continues to add more generating capacity than it retires, but the rate of additions is slowing dramatically,” according to Utility Dive’s analysis of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015. Record amounts of new generation will be renewable energy. From the EIA’s statement:

    “Capacity additions through 2017, much of which are under construction, average about 17 GW per year and about half are non-hydro renewable plants (mainly wind and solar) prompted by federal tax incentives and renewable portfolio standards,” EIA said in a statement. “From 2018 to 2024, projected capacity additions average less than 4 GW per year, as earlier planned additions are sufficient to meet most growth in electricity demand.”

  • The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners developed a guide to help states coordinate on compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, POWER Magazine writes. While states do not have to enter into multi-state compliance plans, NARUC says it’s guide “is simply to help states create institutional bridges between public utility commissions, governors, energy advisors, and the lead agencies (generally, state air pollution control agencies) that are responsible for the creation and filing of state implementation plans.”
  • Senate Democrats unveiled a bill Tuesday that would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, which they say would create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution, The Hill reports, noting that Sen. Tom Udall has introduced the legislation every session since 2008.
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