POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Oct. 13, 2015

Demand response; EPA lawsuit; TVA nuclear power plant


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • While the EPA’s Clean Power Plan emphasizes efficiency and conservation, Forbes writes that “efficiency” should also have a demand response component. As Forbes contributor James Conca explains, “Demand response is an ideal dancing partner for renewables like wind and solar, and can take load off the grid when there’s too much supply, like when the wind blows in the middle of the night or it’s super sunny early in the day.”
  • A coalition of environmental groups has sued the EPA for allegedly failing to enforce air quality standards that limit dangerous particulate pollution from coal-fired power plants, cars and other sources in several Western states. The lawsuit is focused on communities in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah where, the plaintiffs assert, air quality plans must control soot pollution.
  • The Los Angeles Times opines that it will not be a testament to ingenuity and progress when the Tennessee Valley Authority brings its newest nuclear power plant, Watts Bar, online in January. Rather, “the history of Watts Bar is one of enormous cost overruns, antiquated design and unimaginable construction delays.” The project was launched in 1972.
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