POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Nov. 3, 2015

ERCOT preparing for winter; Public support varies for the Clean Power Plan; Renewables and climate change


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • With winter quickly approaching Texas, ERCOT is projecting to have more capacity in reserve to meet the peak demand of 57,400 MW needed this winter in Texas as detailed in Fuelfix. This will be needed as ERCOT Senior Meteorologist Chris Coleman said that this winter’s El Niño could be the strongest that we’ve seen, potentially creating unusual winter conditions with more freezing rain than usual.
  • Public support for the Clean Power Plan varies depending on which U.S. state you ask. An average of 61 percent of adults are said to support the policy, as U.S. News reports. Across 23 states, support ranges from 73 percent in New Jersey to 50 percent in our neighboring state of Louisiana.
  • Scientists are looking at the impact that renewable farms may have on climate change, calling the impact “worth watching.” Studies have shown that solar arrays and wind farms can cause regional changes in temperature and precipitation by changing the area’s naturally occurring patterns. More research is needed to see the impact the renewable industry may have. Read more at The Washington Post.
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