POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Mar. 15, 2016

ERCOT's February Demand and Energy Report; EIA reports declining power sales; DOE makes a case for nuclear energy


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • ERCOT released February’s monthly Demand and Energy report which indicated that electricity demand decreased during the month. However, wind energy increased to supply one out of every 5 MW of energy in February. Of ERCOT’s total energy last month, wind comprised nearly 20 percent of the total energy behind natural gas which made up 43.2 percent of the demand and coal which supplied 21.2 percent.
  • The EIA reports that U.S. power sales have fallen for the fifth time in the past eight years. Government analysts believe that energy efficient appliances and light bulbs combined with slowing economic growth and a decline in manufacturing in the U.S. are impacting the industry.
  • Speaking with a group of clean-energy business leaders in San Diego, California, Franklin Orr, the undersecretary for science and energy at the DOE states “We need a nuclear component…” With nuclear energy providing 19 percent of the country’s electric generation, this power source’s steady flow serves a role in powering the country.
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