The folks over at Powerline do a great job of shedding light on energy issues. John Hinderaker is reporting that one of the worst features of both wind and solar energy is that they are terrible for the environment. Land-based wind turbines are bad enough, but offshore installations are a fiasco waiting to happen.
NPR is reporting that Lava flows are threatening a power plant in Hawaii.
Reuters reports FERC said in a report that energy shortages are possible this summer in Southern California, attributable to low hydropower and gas supplies, as well as in Texas after several coal-fired power plants retired. Nationwide, if this summer’s weather is warmer than normal as forecasted, more gas could be burned to produce electricity than in 2016, when a record was last set, due to low gas prices and added gas-fired generation.
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker discusses why renewable energy (wind and solar) increases electricity rates. As usual, John hits it out of the park!
The Southeast Missourian carries my op-ed supporting investment in the development of small-scale, “modular” coal plants that some are calling the power plants of the future.
The Washington Times carries a column from Stephen Moore, a columnist and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, in which he writes that something must be done to save coal and nuclear power because, “If the lights start to go out five or 10 years from now, we will look back at what is happening today and wonder how we could have been so darn stupid.”
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker writes about GE’s new wind turbine, which will be almost as large as the Eiffel Tower. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and John does a great job of pointing out the problems of relying too much on wind energy.
I have a new op-ed carried by the The Farmington Daily Times (NM) and the Ogden Sentinel News (UT) in which I highlight DOE’s RFI on small-scale modular coal plants as “a high-tech approach that could appeal to environmentalists looking to secure realistic reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”
The Hill carries an op-ed by Ashley Burke reinforcing the reasons for the repeal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The Hill reports that Andy Ott, chief executive of PJM, said the electric grid operator will study the risks of relying too heavily on one energy source, as energy production comes increasingly from natural gas rather than from coal.
Today in the Washington Examiner, Luke Popovich writes that most Americans agree that it’s time to modernize America’s coal fleet—whether through the use of HELE technologies or other advanced coal technologies.