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6 days ago.
by Bigfoot
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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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Bigfoot

Sounds like to me the power industry lobbyists bought themselves some "representatives" to rig the system in their favor.

No surprise.

America for sale to the highest bidder.

Posted 6 days ago.

BeRight

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week that may add extra charges to utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

The House passed Senate Bill 1456 in a 83-5 vote. The Senate approved the bill in March.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) would create a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation from rooftop solar or small wind turbines, according to The Oklahoman.

Posted 7 days ago.

Bigfoot

Pffft! What we need is an atmospheric processor.

I hear Weyland-Yutani makes them.

Posted 9 days ago.

NasCarNut

Seems you left this sentence out of post...

the fact that the UN is considering concepts like carbon vacuuming -- which the UN and other climatologists had turned their noses up to ;)

Posted 9 days ago.

BeRight

International efforts to combat global warming are so broken that it's come to this: hoovering massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the sky.

A body of scientists convened under the auspices of the United Nations is giving more weight to the idea that vacuuming vast stores of CO2 from the skies and burying it in the ground may be necessary to limit the temperature rise to the internationally agreed safe level of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

Disclaimer: I did not find this on April Fools day.

Posted 10 days ago.

thegreek

I admit the old plants need to stop running. That is not what I mean here. I mean the stringent restrictions on everything else and no reasonable timetable to achieve the desired results without causing a power shortage where demand is higher than supply and the price goes UP... Like it did iin Jan.

Posted 45 days ago.

thegreek

Bob B do me a favor and copy and paste this in the search bar of your choice.

epa war on coal

That way you can choose which one you choose to believe or not. Take your pick. Or do nothing and keep posting stupid stuff. Everyone knows the epa is trying to clean up the atmosphere and is probably supporting greenpeace and the sierra club too.

Posted 45 days ago.

thegreek

ask - I can only speculate on that topic. Seems reasonable that preparations were needed. Bob B, yes there is and Obama said a corp could build a new coal fired plant but it would break them. Plus all of these stricter EPA regulations would choke down most any business that they were applied to.

Posted 45 days ago.

thegreek

All they can do ole buddy is complain upfront. They have installed all kinds of scrubbers, SCR's, and other pollution control equipment on most of their plants. And the older units in this Mid Ohio valley are definitely old and out dated and dirty. Plus they are installing transmission lines to shift power where it is needed. I don't know if they are building any gas transmission pipes. I take offense to how they said over and over again that gas is cheaper than coal. It is sometimes, not all the time, and not by much. And there’s not enough gas units anyway. They also never mentioned gas BASIS, the transportation problems, and how expensive gas was this winter, when it went from $3 to $100+ on the east coast and $30-60 around Chicago and $8 or whatever around here.That’s not exactly cheap gas!

Posted 45 days ago.

thegreek

Thanks Bigfoot. You are right. You have some sense about you. Some people cannot accept the fact that there are gonna be price increases and brownouts because they are he11bent on theirs, the EPA's and Obamas War On Coal...But what do I know?

Posted 45 days ago.

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 45 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 45 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 45 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 45 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 45 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 45 days ago.

thegreek

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

Posted 45 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 45 days ago.

thegreek

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

Posted 45 days ago.

thegreek

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

Posted 45 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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