POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Aug. 3, 2015

Texas temps, population growth lead to record high electric demand; Court battles, safety valves, nuclear concerns expected with today's Clean Power Plan unveiling

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Electricity demand in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market hit an all-time high in July, even though this summer’s temperatures have been relatively mild. As The Austin American-Statesman notes, the state’s populations growth has played a large role in driving up electric use.
  • As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to unveil its Clean Power Plan on Monday, Forbes examines the modifications made to the rule based on more than 4 million public comments and the court challenges that are expected to follow.
  • In related news, Bloomberg writes:  “Bowing to industry demands, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency included a so-called safety valve in its monumental Clean Power Plan that eases compliance with pollution restrictions if they threaten to shut power plants needed to keep the lights on.” Officials haven’t publicly stated how the safety valve will work.
  • Representatives from the nuclear power industry “made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country’s 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants,” Reuters writes.


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