POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for June 18, 2015

Clean Power Plan predicted to raise power prices; Coal ash disposal standards debated; Texas to study solar-powered desalination


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Americans are expected to pay 4.8 percent more on electric bills this summer, due in part to President Obama’s climate change regulations, The Washington Times reports. From the article:

    “EPA officials deny their regulations will carry negative consequences for consumers. In fact, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy argued last week that average Americans ultimately will see lower electric bills as a result of Mr. Obama’s climate change agenda. But analysts and Energy Information Administration research suggest the opposite, at least for the next decade. … From 2020 to 2025, the EIA said, prices will be 3 percent to 7 percent higher as a result of the plan, though the agency does predict prices in many parts of the country to drop by 2030.”

  • The EPA’s first national standards for the disposal of coal ash “are ridden with complications, warned witnesses at a Senate oversight hearing,” Power Magazine writes. Among concerns voiced by some states is that the standards don’t take into account differences in state hydrology, climate and other factors that a state permitting process would incorporate.
  • Texas is set to study how to desalinate the hundreds of trillions of gallons of brackish water located in aquifers beneath the state using renewable energy, according to Recharge News.
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