"In Petaluma — where neighborhood opposition to a new Safeway gas station prompted years of litigation — the council voted unanimously last week to move forward with a permanent ban on new stations; a final vote will happen Monday."
"Former FERC Commission Wood says that while ERCOT could have done a better job forecasting load requirements, it did the best it could with the hand that it was dealt. In other words, severe weather conditions caused generators to go offline, especially those using natural gas — a fuel that provides 43% of the state’s electricity. He likened the system operator’s role to that of an air traffic controller, who ensures that planes land safely. "
Wealthy nations may be the loudest voices in climate activism, but the future will be decided elsewhere, and it won’t be an especially prosperous one if we insist that poorer societies power their way up the income scale with renewables alone. Nuclear will be essential for their energy mix.
"The federal government’s heavy-handed regulation of our energy industry and move toward a 'green economy' have forced us to have fewer options to choose from for our grid. When one source of energy fails, the other sources have to pick up the slack or the entire energy grid could shut down."
"State House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) presented his 'Always Ready' agenda with bills sponsored by Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera (R-Coral Gables) and Rep. Linda Chaney (R-St. Pete Beach) to dedicate $100 million each year to mitigate the impacts of flooding and sea-level rise starting in 2022."
"Congress just worked together to pass a historic, bipartisan clean energy innovation law. Lawmakers were successful in these efforts because they found common ground. We need to make sure American clean energy technologies are available and affordable to all Americans. There’s a lot of innovative technologies to be excited about, but there’s a lot more Congress can do. Let’s get started."