POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for July 9, 2015

Texas sues EPA over clean air program; Natural gas-powered electricity tops coal for first time


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its rejection of the state’s program to handle emissions from industrial plants during startups and shutdowns. From The Texas Tribune report:

    “The EPA’s actions make it impossible for even the most carefully-regulated facilities to avoid costly penalties due to unplanned events out of their control,” [Paxton] said in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to fight back the EPA’s ongoing efforts to encroach on Texas’ effective management of our air quality standards.”

  • For the first time ever, the U.S. produced more electricity from natural gas than coal in April, according to the Energy Information Administration. Nuclear energy increased by 6 percent and solar by 57 percent over last April.
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