BLIZZARD REMINDS US HOW MUCH RELIABLE ELECTRICITY MATTERS: As states stretched from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic dig out from under what is being described as a historic snowstorm, many people in the affected area have one question at the top of their minds: “Will we lose power this winter?” Having the power on in our homes means so much more than keeping the lights on—it means keeping the heat on, the refrigerator running and our phones charged. Read more.
WHY 25 STATES HAVE ASKED SUPREME COURT TO HALT THIS COSTLY EPA REGULATION: Twenty-five states (and four state agencies) are petitioning the Supreme Court to halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan, after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to stay the rule last week. The states described the Clean Power Plan “as the most far reaching and burdensome rule EPA has ever forced onto the states.” Read more.
CRAIG BURNS: COAL GENERATION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN MIDWEST: A recent article in the SJ-R stated a national figure for coal-powered generation of 30 percent. While that may be true nationally, it is not valid for the Midwest. Coal generation in the MISO (Mid-Continent Independent System Operator) area provides 50 percent to 60 percent of the energy used in this part of the country. Media reports about replacing coal generation with other sources never seem to point out the fact that coal is much more important here than a mere 30 percent. Read more.