A nearly daily round-up of energy-related news for your consideration:
- For only the second time, the amount of electricity generated from natural gas surpassed the share of coal-fired production, FuelFix reports. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that the share of electricity coming from natural gas-fired power plants hit 35 percent in July. It was 34.9 percent from coal plants.
- As The Washington Times reports, the ongoing battle over the EPA’ Clean Power Plan took another turn on Wednesday when 14 states (including Texas) alleged that the EPA was “dragging its feet” and holding up court challenges. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey summarized the issue: “Publishing a rule typically occurs much faster than it has in this case. Our goal is to understand the cause behind the unusually long delay between the finalization and publication of the Clean Power Plan.”
- The Washington Post highlights a growing concern in alternative energy circles: Even as the U.S. makes notable progress, employees in the solar industry are losing their jobs. As the Post reports, “Federal funding for solar energy research has declined steadily over the past several years, despite emphasis from the Obama administration on continued investment in research and development of clean energy technologies. These cuts have affected the federal solar program at large.”