Severing the cord to fossil fuels is one of the primary objectives of the renewable-energy movement, and utilities have tremendous influence. Texas has been a leader among states in tapping into its renewable resources.
The future role of coal has always been a central question in the larger discussion about climate change and renewable power. Some envision a future without coal entirely, but that scenario has not always seemed practical.
When it comes to policymaking in the energy arena, few decisions are going to make everyone happy, especially when the issue is controversial. Clean air is no exception, and the Obama administration waded into a policy knot when it took on the problem of power-plant emissions.