Trumpy flunky says replacing coal-based energy with renewables and natgas threatens grid stability


Cathy

❝ Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a review of electricity markets and reliability late last week, saying that “certain policies” have hindered the development and use of baseload energy sources like coal. Although Perry never mentions renewable energy explicitly in his letter, he references “significant changes within the electrical system.” That seems to be a direct allusion to the record amount of renewable capacity that has been added to the grid in recent years.

❝ The Obama administration had supported initiatives to increase renewable energy on the US grid given the urgency of climate change and with a mind to mitigate the health problems that come with pollution related to coal burning and mining. Although wind and solar power are intermittent resources…government agencies including the DOE have funded research to improve renewable energy efficiency and energy storage. The idea has been that adding renewable energy to the grid makes it more resilient, because power generation doesn’t rely on shipments of natural gas, coal, or oil. It also decreases the grid’s reliance on large fossil fuel-burning facilities and allows more distributed energy generation.

The Trump administration, on the other hand…lies about climate change science, with the president even falsely claiming that climate change is a hoax made up by China. In March, the president killed the Clean Power Plan and ordered agencies to ignore climate change. Perry, too, spent most of his early career rejecting climate change science, but during his January Senate confirmation hearing the former Texas governor said he now accepts science showing that the Earth is warming…

❝ Of course, Perry’s history isn’t purely boosting fossil fuels. He also led a massive expansion of renewable wind power during his time as governor of Texas. But the Trump administration that Perry works for has promised to bring back coal jobs, something that industry analysts and even coal industry executives have been skeptical of due to the fact that coal’s struggles stem from competition with the low price of natural gas…

❝ Perry said that the results of the review would help to establish policies from the Trump administration, with a focus on “reliability, resiliency, affordability, and fuel assurance.”

Believe that one and you deserve the long-term increase in your energy bill…and the shortened lifespan you’re gifting your children and grandkids.

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3 thoughts on “Trumpy flunky says replacing coal-based energy with renewables and natgas threatens grid stability

  1. Invisible Hand says:

    “2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/climate/tennessee-coal-ash-disposal-lawsuits.html
    “The Coal Facts: Kiev’s Plan to Import US Anthracite Lacks Economic Justification” https://sputniknews.com/world/201704201052800698-ukraine-energy-ministry-us-coal-imports/
    “Of Course Exxon Is Asking the U.S. to Waive Its Sanctions on Russia : With its old C.E.O. running the State Department, this should be a piece of cake.” http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/exxon-russia-sanctions-rex-tillerson

  2. Done says:

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed to stop using coal-fired electricity within the next 14 years. The company plans to replace coal entirely with solar, wind, natural gas and nuclear power, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2plWogY ) Friday.
    “Market forces are driving a rapid evolution of energy resources, and the current data clearly supports the replacement of the coal in our portfolio with an energy mix that includes more renewables and natural gas as the best, most economical path to a strong energy future for New Mexico,” Public Service Company President Pat Vincent-Collawn said.
    The company has found through its 20-year resource plan that consumers will save money in the long run if it shuts down its coal generating station in San Juan by 2022 and relinquishes the utility’s 13 percent share in the nearby Four Corners Generating Station by 2031. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2017-04-21/new-mexico-company-plans-to-end-coal-fired-electric-power

  3. Harbinger says:

    West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the governor that burning more coal is “not going to happen” http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170422/appalachian-power-president-says-company-is-looking-toward-renewables Appalachian Power’s residential and industrial customers (pdf), which include Steel Dynamics, Koch Industries, and Marathon petroleum, are now asking about switching to 100% renewables, says John Shepelwich of Appalachian Power. In order to get out in front of this growing demand, the utility, which serves more than a million customers across the US mid-Atlantic region, has begun preparing power plans that would allow customers to stop using fossil fuels.

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