In the news today…
- Detroit Free Press reports executives at Michigan’s two largest utilities as well as the state’s top energy regulator continue to push back against grid operator MISO’s warnings about increased risk of rolling blackouts this summer, saying they do not expect widespread outages during high demand periods.
- Reuters reports that power demand in Texas reached the highest level ever recorded in the month of May on Tuesday and will likely break the record for June on Wednesday as economic growth boosts overall usage and hot weather causes homes and businesses to crank up their air conditioners.
- Utility Dive reports that an energy advisory council recommends Pacific Northwest utilities acquire at least 3,500 MW of renewable energy in the next five years to offset growing demand and coal plant closures.
- Politico reports that House Republicans are planning to unveil a six-part strategy today aimed at lowering gasoline prices and addressing climate change while pushing for an “all of the above” approach to energy production and offering no emissions targets. The plan was created by a task force assembled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to prepare a policy agenda that addresses climate change in case Republicans retake the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
- Vox reports that as automakers slowly roll out electric vehicles, experts say improving the efficiency of gasoline-powered cars will still be essential to reducing emissions.