POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Nov. 12, 2015

An increase of closed coal plants; More nuclear power needed; Paris climate deal not a legally binding treaty


POV: Power Breakfast
A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
  • The EIA reports that at the end of 2016 we will have retired more coal-fired power plants than in any other year. The closing of the plants is to meet the EPA’s limits on mercury and air toxins. Remaining power plants will run harder to meet the demand as gas prices rise.
  • Experts at last week’s White House Summit on Nuclear Energy say that more nuclear power is needed to limit climate change. This is despite the fact that many nuclear plants around the world are scheduled for closure. However, there are 65 units being built globally according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, states that the Paris Climate Deal will not be a legally binding treaty. Kerry states that the Paris meeting would not be similar to the Kyoto Protocol which specified targets the ratifying countries were legally required to meet.  The Paris meeting is set to begin at the end of November.
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