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6 days ago.
by Ohwiseone
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CLEAN... ENERGY

Offshore wind farms from New Jersey to Virginia took a big step closer to reality with the completion of a review that showed the renewable energy source would not cause major environmental damage, officials said today. Wind projects off the coasts of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and New Jersey are being studied. The Mid-Atlantic lease proposal follows the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts that was given the go-ahead in 2010 after 9 years of federal review."No developer should have to wait nine or 10 years," for approval, Salazar said. The response from the developers was "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"

 
 

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thegreek

What the article does not say is that there were thousands of megawatts in Ohio and New England that could not even run due to gas being used to heat homes. A moratorium is too late, as the article states, utilities are not investing cash in these units because they only have a year left to recoup their money. The way it works is they start writing off the asset, not spending any more money on it until it is closed down. There is a point of "no return" where they couldn't afford to continue running even if the EPA and environmental groups gave their OK. The staff has been reduced to a point and they are waiting to go to other locations, AS THE ARTICLE STATES !!

Posted 256 days ago.

Bigfoot

thegreek take a little heart in knowing that the people of this nation only act after something has affected them.

The shortage of available generating capacity will eventually bite everyone in the behind.

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

asknot says - So can the plants that will still be running not be able to keep up? I kinda doubt that.

Thats exactly what it is saying.... But of course, as usual, you know better than industry experts and the industry itself....

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

What’s more, many plants are far along the path to retirement. At Muskingum River, a five-boiler coal plant in Beverly, Ohio, about 100 miles southeast of Columbus, three of the units ran during the so-called polar vortex, supplying power to meet the demand.

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

Your comments are a dead give away that you have absolutely NO CLUE what this is about !! The article clearly states that they cannot even delay closing the plant or they will be sued to close it !!

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, told utility regulators in a speech on Feb. 11 that the recent frigid weather had provided “a glimpse of the challenge that lies ahead.” American Electric Power, which serves Columbus and a vast area of the Midwest, was running 89 percent of the coal plants that it must retire next year, she said. “That raises a very serious question,” she said. “What happens when that capacity is gone?” The coal plants are dirty, and expensive compared to natural gas at summertime prices. But coal is far less prone to price jumps or to shortages, and in a cold snap, it looks like a bargain. Without the coal plants, experts agree, prices in the peak periods of winter and summer will be higher, so future periods of cold weather may be even harder on electric bills. “We are seeing unprecedented amounts of coal units retiring,” said Andrew L. Ott, a senior vice president at PJM Interconnection, the grid operator th

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

My god asknot - You have to have a comprehension problem !!

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

As the end of the harshest winter in recent memory approaches, the bill is coming due for millions of consumers who are not only using more electricity and natural gas but also paying more for whatever they use. And there might not be relief in future winters, as the coal-fired power plants that utilities have relied on to meet the surge in demand are shuttered for environmental reasons. The sticker shock has been particularly acute in the Northeast, where natural gas supplies have been constrained. But it has spread to other regions of the country, including the Midwest, where utilities have had to draw on more expensive reserves to meet the demand. Continue reading the main story In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said her office had been flooded with complaints from consumers whose utility bills had soared, in some cases tripling. In Rhode Island, the utility National Grid received permission for a 12.1 percent electricity rate increase in January, nearly all of

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

Did you even read the article.??? The REASON there was a power shortage is because the gas was heating homes.

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

YOU said I was a fool or something to that effect !!

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

This is the issue I told you about last month Asknot !! 89 percent of the scheduled to be closed coal fired power plants were running in Jan. It is in this article. I told YOU so..

Posted 256 days ago.

thegreek

Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter

By MATTHEW L. WALD

MARCH 10, 2014

New York Times

Posted 256 days ago.

luvthesouth

finally a consensus!!!!!!!!

Posted 264 days ago.

thegreek

Plus CO2 is good for the trees!!!

Posted 265 days ago.

thegreek

CO2 is pretty good for extinguishing fires and doesn't foul electrical switches and contacts like dry powder does. I think we need to concentrate on lowering dry powder levels..

Posted 265 days ago.

thegreek

If I had nothing I would walk to a warm climate, get hooked up with a church and work for my food.

Posted 269 days ago.

thegreek

If I were homeless, penniless and foodless, I would !!

Posted 269 days ago.

thegreek

I still have 2 feet !! Remember I am homeless.

Posted 269 days ago.

thegreek

Well tiredofit. I never understood why homeless people stay in LA or other big towns. Especially cold ones. Why wouldn't they pack up their grocery cart or trash bag or whatever and head for a land of plenty ?? Unless they stay for drugs.

Posted 269 days ago.

thegreek

I remember a skit by Sam Kinnison about why do the Ethiopians live there. They need to move CAUSE IT IS A DESERT !!! He screamed. Back when those stupid skinny jokes about the poor Ethiopian were going around.

Posted 269 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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