A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- During his recent visit to Austin, U.S. Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, suggested that Texas could play a large role in addressing climate change and reducing the country’s carbon dioxide footprint by moving forward with the federal Clean Power Plan. With the state’s experience across a wide variety of energy and power sectors, he said the state has the experience and know-how to affect change across the nation. Moniz states, “Texas is part of a much bigger national and international phenomenon of rapidly growing a clean energy technology marketplace.”
- On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a $37.5 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for 2017. This bill, which was approved 90-8, will make a substantial investment in nuclear energy. For example, the bill allocates $35 million to the DOE to enable the second license renewal of the existing reactors that provide the electric grid with 24/7, zero-carbon power generation.
- In 2015, carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation hit the lowest total on record since 1993. This reduction in emissions came even as demand for electricity remained flat over the past 10 years. The EIA reports that a change to the electricity generation mix helped to fuel this reduction.