A nearly daily round-up of energy-related news for your consideration:
- Highlighting progress in the US in the move towards renewables, the National Resources Defense Council released a report Thursday saying the U.S. has made substantial progress reducing fossil fuel use and is moving to adopt more renewable energy sources. As Fuel Fix reported, “The tectonic shift in the energy sector shows up clearly in America’s decreased reliance on coal.” The report also noted that U.S. coal consumption is down by more than 21 percent from the peak year of 2005.
- The Associated Press reported that head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, made the case yesterday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled “smart thermostats” as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health. Commissioner McCarthy said that the devices save consumers money while offering an easy way for people to “stand up” and meet “our moral responsibility” to do something about the smog that leads to climate change, premature deaths and asthma attacks.
- Tony Clark, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told an energy conference yesterday that “keeping the lights on at an affordable rate could be a real challenge” as utilities take steps to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.