A nearly daily round-up of energy-related news:
- The Washington Post takes a deep dive into how persistently low natural gas prices are impacting the US’ overall fuel mix. Specifically – even setting aside the impact of the Clean Power Plan – power plants are increasingly switching to low-priced natural gas as the fuel of choice.
- The US energy grid is increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a review of recent Congressional reports, industry experts, and investigations. In summarizing the state of play, The Daily Caller writes that, “Despite years of effort from various federal agencies, many utilities still don’t even have staff members dedicated to cyber security and have to either hire outside help or simply not secure their networks.”
- North American Clean Energy finds that renewable energy sources accounted for more than 60% of the 7,276 MW of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first nine months of 2015. This data-point would seem to affirm the growing influence of renewable energy as an integral part of the nation’s fuel mix.