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45 days ago.
by thegreek
BeRight
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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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BeRight

OK, that horse is dead. Good coversation, however. Thanks Bob.

Posted 330 days ago.

BobDahler

I should have said the FEDERAL Government's control.

Posted 330 days ago.

BobDahler

BeRight, I'll not argue about your opinion related to what you think the President thinks... However, if your suggestion is that the grid should be nationalized, I'm all for it.

But that is not the case in the here and now. Multiply 50 (the State regs.) by the number of providers involved in the transmission of electricity, and one comes up with a truly unmanageable cluster of problems... But hey, that's free enterprise, right? Point being: this situation is under the providers' control, not the Government, irrespective of who is in the office of President at any given time.

Posted 330 days ago.

moderation

Those coal burners have been dodging the axe for a coupla decades.do you think acid rain is a figment of someone's imagination, beright? How about the arsenic and mercury and lead released from burning coal?

Posted 331 days ago.

scrappile

Who is "investing" in this grid, the profit of the power companies, or do you want the govt. to do it, profit is not a bad word, but to anarcho-capitalist, 'business expenses", is right up there with blasphemery....

Posted 331 days ago.

BeRight

Having base load generation capacity is useless if the grid cannot support its movement. The current president, when a candidate, said in so many words, he was out to kill coal fired power generation. He is using the EPA to fulfill this promise. Because of these decisions, the grid is stressed. If the grid can’t support his goals, who’s problem is it again? The Power Companies sure don’t have the same plan as he does. The plant closing program belongs to the treehugger in chief. I think he should step up to the plate and fix the grid to support his plans.

Posted 331 days ago.

BobDahler

I WAS referring to "priorities and long range plans".

The power distribution (or grid) situation that is of concern to you now, is essentially out of the purview of the EPA and the President. Outrage about lack of capacity would be more appropriately directed toward the energy producers, not your "tree huggers".

Posted 331 days ago.

BeRight

Bob, you should re-read my post and not read into my post. My post was not about current air quality is was about priorities and long range plans.

This administration has done nothing to improve the grid even though it is the weakest link in long range planning of energy distribution.

They are focused on "closings" but not focused on supplying my energy needs.

Between 2005 and 2009, there were 349 power outages in the United States that affected at least 50,000 people. That’s up from just 149 outages between 2000 and 2004.

Also note that the outage figures do not include blackouts after major storms — such as the 8.5 million who lost power after Hurricane Sandy.

The old saying of "Power to the People" is being lost on the people who are now in charge since they work on a set of different priorities which does not include the people's energy needs.

Posted 333 days ago.

BobDahler

Given the choice between inhaling air that one could once nearly slice with a knife, versus the (relatively) clean air that we enjoy today, I'll take the "tree hugging moron's" "expert" version of what is more preferable, thank you.

Apparently neither one of you are old enough to remember, or else you conveniently choose to forget what our air quality in this area was like in the early '70s.

It didn't get better because people like you habitually stuck their heads in the sand.

One can now drive between Charleston WV, through Pittsburgh PA, and into Cleveland OH without making pit stops along the way to scrape the fallout off their windshields, so they could see the road... ON A CLEAR DAY.

There are indeed, idiots involved in this issue. But they aren't hugging trees.

Posted 333 days ago.

thegreek

Well said BeRight. A case of sticking their noses in something they know little about but think they are experts.

Posted 336 days ago.

BeRight

Operators of the US power grid say that FirstEnergy may not be able to shut down two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania due to reliability issues, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Operators said in the article that necessary upgrades to the transmission infrastructure to help compensate for the lost generation from the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell power plants will not be ready by the proposed closure date of October 9. Together, both plants generate 2,080 MW of electricity. Whoops. To translate this for tree hugger morons, if you intend to move electricity from clean generating sources from what you consider dirty generation, you need to upgrade the grid. You are so busy closing plants and building windmills that you forgot you still need to move the power to where you need it via the grid Perfect example of unintended consequences.

Posted 336 days ago.

BobDahler

"BUMP" Because it was more interesting than the recent dull blather here.

Posted 350 days ago.

thegreek

BeRight. Thanks for posting that. I have said we have been fracking for almost 100 years with no known problems. People just wanna complain. If some of them had their way. The mid Ohio valley would be a desolate wasteland. BUT IT WOULD BE CLEAN in their eyes !!!

Posted 414 days ago.

BeRight

May 15, 2013-DURHAM, N.C. -- A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas. These findings demonstrate that shale gas development, at least in this area, has been done without negatively impacting drinking water resources," said Nathaniel R. Warner, a PhD student at Duke and lead author of the study.

Posted 414 days ago.

BeRight

A proposed 150 MW wind farm in Indiana will be allowed to continue development as long as it meets certain conditions, according to a report from McClatchy.

The Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, which is being developed in Tipton, Ind. by juwi Wind, received a conditional use permit from the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals, provided the developers guarantee it won’t diminish property values and tubines are built at least 1,500 feet from property lines, the report states.

According to McClatchy, the only county in the U.S. that has a guaranteed property value provision for the placement of a wind farm is in DeKalb County, Ill. If a property owner is unable to sell his or her home for the appraised value, the wind energy company must provide the difference between the sale price and the appraised value at closing.

Posted 476 days ago.

BeRight

There is currently an abundance of natural gas. If it is not because of fracking, whatever the source, it is a good thing. Power Plant gas conversations should lower the price of electricity but won’t. It will keep out home fuel bills down. When your gas bill cost starts to sneak up to ~ $5. It will be time to lock in for as long as you can lock in.

Posted 479 days ago.

BeRight

Fracking will keep gas prices down for some time. Just look at your recent gas bill. The price of Natural Gas dropped again yesterday.

Posted 480 days ago.

sounds like coal is out and gas is in.

Posted 482 days ago.

BeRight

Owners of coal-fired power plants invested more than $30 billion in flue gas desulfurization systems, also known as scrubbers, between 2007 and 2011, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

According to the report, scrubbers were installed at around 110 coal-fired power plants in 34 states during that time, raising the amount of scrubbed generating capacity in the U.S. from 115 GW to just more than 191 GW. That number represents a little less than 60 percent of coal-fired, steam electric generation capacity in the U.S.

Posted 483 days ago.

BeRight

In 2003, there were 1,900 horizontal (fracked) wells operating in the U.S. IHS estimates there were closer to 45,500 in 2012. That number is set to double. Is it too late to put the clean burning gas genie back into the environmental nut case bottle?

Posted 491 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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