A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Demand on the Texas power grid hit an all-time high Wednesday of 68,459 megawatts, The Dallas Morning News reports on preliminary data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Higher temperatures today and Friday mean demand could rise even higher.
- Carbon emissions from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, The Associated Press reports on Department of Energy data, which credits a shift to natural gas, renewable fuel and energy efficiency.
- Senate Democrats walked out of a committee meeting considering a measure that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas emissions rule, but Republicans approved the measure, according to Bloomberg.
- Meanwhile, 16 states asked the government on Wednesday to put the Clean Power Plan rule on hold while they challenge the legality of the rule in court. The Associated Press reports the EPA and the White House said they have no plans to temporarily suspend the rule.